Icelandic parliament to vote on stopping EU membership bid

Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir has indicated that parliament will vote this month on whether or not to stop the country’s European Union accession bid.

MPs Unnur Bra Konradsdottir, Asmundur Einar Dadason, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson and Birgitta Jonsdottir have submitted a parliamentary resolution to the Althingi parliament to backtrack on Iceland’s EU application.

It was in July last year that parliament voted 33 to 28 in favour of starting accession talks with the bloc, RUV reports.

Johanna Sigurdardottir said yesterday that parliament will likely get the chance to vote on the issue again this month. “Democracy has to run its course; but I hope, of course, that this resolution will be voted down,” she said.

Opponents of Iceland joining the European Union are a loud voice in politics and daily life – and while it is possible that Althingi will vote to stop accession talks, it is considered unlikely. A similar result to last time is forecast at this stage.

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