Jón Bjarnason, party group chairman for the Left-Greens, which form the current coalition government with the Social Democrats, said at the Althingi parliament on Wednesday that the Left-Greens were still firmly against joining the EU.
The European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
“The Left-Greens’ stance is clear and conclusive,” Bjarnason said. “We believe it is better for the sake of protecting Iceland’s interests to remain outside the European Union and that we’re better off without it considering our independent policy.”
For the second day in a row, discussions in parliament focused on the attitude of the Left-Greens and the Independence Party towards applying for EU membership, Fréttabladid reports.
MPs of the Progressive Party urged their counterparts to use the time instead to decide preliminary measures to defend the households in Iceland against the effects of the crisis.
“The EU discussion is one of our most important issues,” replied Katrín Júlíusdóttir, MP for the Social Democrats, which is firmly for joining the EU.
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