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Independence Party and Left Greens against EU

The conservative Independence Party and the Left Greens have submitted a joint protocol to the European Committee in which they declare that they are against Iceland becoming a member of the European Union.

In a draft of the committee’s conclusion about an EU membership for Iceland it says there is no possibility for Iceland to keep full control of its 200-mile fishing zone around the island after joining the EU. Fréttabladid reports.

The draft also says Iceland would lose its right to make independent free trade agreements with other countries once it had become a member, which according to the committee, is highly unfortunate.

Members of the committee will meet in Reykjavík today to further discuss its decision regarding an EU membership.

The European Committee was founded in 2004 by former Prime Minister Davíd Oddsson to find out which advantages and disadvantages would be involved in a potential EU membership for Iceland, as explained on mbl.is.

All parliamentary parties have representatives in the committee, which is chaired by Minister of Justice and member of the Independence Party Björn Bjarnason.

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