Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said in response to a question from substitute MP for Bright Future Kristín Helgadóttir that it was irrational for Iceland to apply for EU membership if it did not want the talks to be successful. Kristín’s question related to a comment Sigmundur made in an interview with business magazine Frjáls verslun where he said his Progressive Party adhered to radical rationalism. Kristín asked how that was consistent with plans to withdraw from EU accession talks, mbl.is reports.
The opposition has harshly criticized the prime minister for his handling of Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson’s resolution to withdraw from the talks.
MP for the Pirate Party Birgitta Jónsdóttir criticized Sigmundur for not holding a meeting about the question of continuing EU talks last week and accused him of ignoring the opposition.
“I have not ignored anyone. This issue is up to parliament and has been discussed in parliament. When such a big and contentious issue is being discussed, we try to find the best way to deliver the most effective results and make the most number of people happy. This is my goal, to make the most number of people happy. Not everyone will be happy but it is best to try to make most people happy,” Sigmundur said.