According to the leader of the Independence Party Bjarni Benediktsson, nothing happened at this weekend’s national assembly which could indicate an impending split within the party. The meeting brought no news regarding the party’s stance regarding EU membership. At the assembly, a great debate took place regarding the hot topic. Ruv.is reports this today.
According to Benediktsson, it was agreed at the party’s prior national assembly that the interests of the Icelandic people would be better maintained outside of the EU, and that still stands. A number of representatives at the meeting, as well as MP Ragnheidur Ríkhardsdóttir, have declared their dissatisfaction with that stance.
Benediktsson says this assembly’s resolution is not surprising and he is not afraid that the disagreement might cause a split.
Benediktsson was reelected leader with 62 percent of the vote. According to him, that it is an increase from last year’s assembly and therefore he considers his position as leader to be strong.