Ten Percent of Icelanders Sign EU Referendum Petition

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Ten Percent of Icelanders Sign EU Referendum Petition

By Páll Stefánsson
Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

Close to one in ten Icelanders, or 30,000 individuals, have over the last three days, signed an online petition requesting that the question of European Union membership for Iceland be put to a national referendum.

Chairman of the Independence Party parliamentarian group, Ragnheiður Ríkharðsdóttir, said at Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament, last night that she will not support the bill of Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, to withdraw from EU talks for good. The Independence Party is one of the two ruling coalition parties, the other being the Progressive Party.

Gunnar had to apologize last night for shouting at former minister Steingrímur J. Sigfússon “I have not lied to the parliament as you have” when Steingrímur was giving a speech during a parliamentary debate last night.

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