Says the government has no intention to join the EU

Bjarni Benediktsson, chairman of Iceland's Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn), the largest opposition party and the country's largest political part according to opinion polls, said in a radio interview on November 7 that the government should simply tell the European Union the truth, that in reality there is no meaning behind the accession process on the government's behalf.

"I think this is stranded at the moment. Very little is really happening. Despite the commitment by the [leadership of the] Left Green Movement to support the accession process they are stalling it every week. Then it is much cleaner simply to tell the people on the other end: We don't mean anything with this," Benediktsson said.

He said to his opinion it was a wrong move for the government to apply for EU membership.

Meinum ekkert með þessu (Mbl.is November 7, 2010)