Chairman of the Social Democratic Alliance, Árni Páll Árnason said that this was a move by the major party to escape their campaign promises of a referendum to decide whether or not Iceland should continue EU negotiation talks.
The majority of the country would like to finish negotiation talks with the EU, however the majority of the country is also opposed to EU accession.
“We would of course have preferred the Icelandic government to finish the negotiations before holding a referendum on accession to the EU”, said MEP Cristian Preda to European Parliament News. “The longer Iceland takes to decide whether to pursue negotiations, the more difficult it will be to continue the process from where it was frozen, as EU legislation is constantly evolving,” he added.
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