Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs and Chair of the Independence Party, told visir.is that no official decision has been made on whether to hold a referendum on Iceland continuing accession talks with the European Union.
Bjarni Benediktsson. Photo: Páll Kjartansson/Iceland Review.
“No official decision has been made on when a referendum would be held or whether it will be held,” he said.
In an interview with Fréttablaðið shortly before the general election, Bjarni stated that it was part of the party’s platform to hold a vote on the issue. In the same article, chair of the Progressive Party, Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, said that a referendum could take place early in the government’s term.
Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson stated earlier this week that the government has not made a decision on canceling the talks but is simply not working on the accession process at the moment.
“The EU is off the table. This government is not working on the process to join. But, taking the decision to quit the process has not been discussed by the government,” he said.
MP for the Independence Party Ragnheiður Ríkharðsdóttir stated that she would not support the cancelation of EU talks without the issue first going to a referendum.