Most Icelandic political parties opposed to EU membership

AlþingiOnly one political party in Iceland is in favour of joining the European Union. The Alliance (Samfylkingin) has membership of the Union on its platform but the leadership of the party nevertheless decided not to accentuate that policy in the hustings before the general elections in the spring of 2003 when public opinion polls had shown that most Icelanders were opposed to membership. Before that the leadership had recurrently declared that joining the EU would be one of the main policy of the party in hustings. The party, however, remains split on the issue.

The Progress Party (Framsóknarflokkurinn) is also very split towards membership of the EU. The present policy of the party is that joining the Union is not on the agenda in the nearest future. The Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) is utterly opposed to membership although some part of its members are in favour. The Left-Green Movement (Vinstrihreyfingin - grænt framboð) is also entirely against joining the Union and the policy of the Liberal Party (Frjálslyndi flokkurinn) is that membership is not an issue, at least in the years to come.

Finally the policy of the current government (The Independence Party and the Progress Party), set to be in power until 2007, is that joining the European Union is completely out of the question.