British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Iceland today to attend the Northern Future Forum in Reykjavík, which begins tomorrow. He met with PM of Iceland Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson at Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament, this evening. The PMs plan to discuss relations and cooperation between the two countries.
Photo: Geir Ólafsson.
The Guardian reports that Cameron will use the forum to challenge the Leave campaign’s claim that Britain could negotiate a semi-detached relationship with European Union.
This is the first time a sitting British prime minister visits the Icelandic capital since Winston Churchill came to Reykjavík in 1941. British prime ministers have twice since visited Iceland—Harold Macmillan in 1960 and Alec Douglas-Home in 1964—where they met with their Icelandic counterparts at Keflavík International Airport.
The Northern Future Forum brings together leaders and other representatives of Britain, the Nordic and Baltic countries as well as scholars and specialists to discuss selected subjects. The focus of the forum this year is the creative industries and innovation in public management.