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The Dutch Won’t Budge on Icesave

Dutch authorities won’t withdraw their claim in the Icesave case as they are concerned that it could reduce support for the government parties in the upcoming elections for parliament and local authorities, according to Sylvester Eijffinger, one of the Dutch prime minister’s closest advisors.

The president announces his decision to veto the Icesave legislation and send it to a referendum. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Icelandic ministers and officials have in the past days been in close contact with their counterparts in the UK and the Netherlands.

Foreign Minister of Iceland Össur Skarphédinsson told Morgunbladid that he isn’t optimistic that British and Dutch authorities are willing to renegotiate on Icesave.

They want to wait for the outcome of the referendum and have various ways to carry their intentions through even though the Icesave legislation will be rejected in the referendum, Skarphédinsson said.

However, the minister believes the president’s decision to veto the legislation and the opposition against the legislation in society may have opened a window to look into the matter in more detail.

Left-Green MP Ögmundur Jónasson, who voted against the legislation in parliament, is keen on Icelanders using the support they have received to enforce a new and fairer agreement.

Click here to read more about Icesave.

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