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Progressive Party Loses Members Due to EU Policy

gudmundursteingrimsson_althingiIceland’s second-largest opposition party, the Progressive Party, has been losing members lately. MP Gudmundur Steingrímsson (pictured) is leaving the party today, Einar Skúlason, deputy MP and the party’s leader in the last municipal elections, dropped out yesterday and others are considering the same thing.

There has been some unrest within the party since it was decided at its convention in April that Iceland’s interests were best served outside the European Union, Fréttabladid reports.

“It saddens me, of course, to lose a member of the parliamentary party,” commented the party’s chairman Sigmundur Davíd Gunnlaugsson, however adding, “I understand his arguments, that he would like a platform to work on his agenda.”

“In a political party people never absolutely agree on everything. It’s just a question of when people believe they disagree to such an extent and on so many issues that they would rather belong to a different party,” Gunnlaugsson elaborated.

Steingrímsson has commented that the conservative arm of the Progressive Party has taken control. Allegedly he is neither planning to rejoin the Social Democrats, from where he came, nor any other existing party, but rather establish his own.

The Independence Party, the largest opposition party, has taken an equally strong position against the EU with its chairman, Bjarni Benediktsson, recently announcing that he would like to terminate the ongoing membership talks.

Click here to read more about Steingrínsson’s party hopping and here to read more about Iceland and the EU.


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