So an MP for the Independence Party, Unnur Brá Konráðsdóttir, along with several other MPs, is currently preparing a parliamentary resolution that would have Iceland rescind its application to the European Union.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg has a draft declaration from the upcoming meeting which states that Iceland’s accession application will be approved at a meeting of the EU leaders on June 17. Which does not come as any surprise — it was more or less known.
Unnur Brá has been going slightly ballistic lately over Iceland’s EU application. Among other things she demanded last week that the government see to it that Iceland’s accession application NOT be discussed at the aforementioned meeting on June 17 — Iceland’s National Day — because it is “humiliating” for Iceland.
The only thing “humiliating” for Iceland is when people like Unnur Brá make demands of that nature. I mean, come on — isn’t this taking the megalomania a bit too far? Iceland is a freaking bleep on the radar of that meeting — it’s not like all those EU leaders are descending on Brussels JUST to discuss Iceland’s accession application. I daresay they have more serious concerns to focus on [Greece, EU-wide recession, europroblems …]. To maintain the meeting was scheduled [months and months ago!] to be on this particular day JUST to humiliate Iceland is just … wacko.
BUT this is the sort of thing the anti-EU camp just grabs and runs with. Anything to whip up bad blood among the nation.
And clearly it is working. If the results of a survey published yesterday* are to be believed, the majority of Icelanders, or 57.6%, want the application rescinded. Two-thirds of the nation feel that the direct funds used towards preparing Iceland’s EU application are very badly or rather badly spent.
It’s early days, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the Icelandic attitude won’t change much. Icelanders are too damn stubborn, and they abhor rules and regulations [just ask anyone who has ever been out in Icelandic traffic]. They won’t be able to stand for anyone telling them what to do. Alas, this sort of stalwart “independence” is deeply ingrained into the psyche of the nation — for better or for worse.
* by the company MMR for the blog Vefþjóðvilinn.