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Iceland plans to hold a referendum on EU membership
23:19, 2 January 2017
Iceland plans to hold a referendum on EU membership

The government withdrew its application for membership in 2015, which caused a wave of protests

23:19, 2 January 2017

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A referendum on the country's membership in the European Union was the subject of negotiations during the formation of the new Government of Iceland. This was reported by the Politico publication.

Talks on forming a new government were carried out after the early elections in October.

The center-right and eurosceptic Independence Party holds talks with the liberal Reform Party and the party "Bright Future". The leader of the "Bright Future" Ottarr Proppe said that a referendum on membership in the EU has become an important factor in these negotiations.

Earlier, Iceland applied to join the EU in 2009. However, the government suspended talks with Brussels in 2013, stating that priority should be given to referendum on joining the EU. In 2015, Iceland withdrew its application for EU membership, which sparked a wave of mass protests.

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