Most Icelanders Want Vote On Finishing EU Talks - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Most Icelanders Want Vote On Finishing EU Talks

Published January 31, 2014

A new poll shows that most Icelanders, regardless of political party, want a referendum on whether or not to complete accession talks with the European Union.

Vísir reports that, according to a new poll conducted by Maskína, 67.5% of those surveyed said they want a national referendum held on whether or not to continue EU talks.

By political affiliation, the most support came from voters of the Pirate Party, 77% of whom said they favoured the referendum. 72% of Bright Future voters said the same, as did 68.3% of Social Democrats. Perhaps unsurprisingly, voters of the ruling coalition showed the lowest support, with both parties hovering near 60%.

As reported, accession talks have been on hold since before parliamentary elections were held last spring. The current government, whilst evasive on the question of whether or not talks will continue, has been more publicly moving away from the EU in recent months.


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