Eighty-Two Percent Want EU Referendum

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Eighty-Two Percent Want EU Referendum

By Zoë Robert
Protest outside Iceland's parliament

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The majority of the Icelandic population, or 82 percent, would like a referendum on whether Iceland should continue EU membership talks, according to the latest poll conducted by daily Fréttablaðið

Support for a referendum is least among voters of Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson’s Progressive Party—just under 52 percent. There were 805 participants in the survey, which was conducted from February 26-27, and the response rate was 61.5 percent.

The majority of members in the parliamentary groups of both ruling coalition parties voted in favor of stopping European Union membership talks last week.

The decision received widespread criticism with many arguing that the nation should have the chance to vote on the matter in a national referendum, as the party’s chairman, Bjarni Benediktsson, promised before last year’s general election.

Protests have taken place outside Iceland’s parliament every afternoon this week.

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