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Soft Brexit Warning: Iceland’s Independence ‘Nuisance’ to Expansionist EU

Iceland’s independence is viewed as a “nuisance” by the European Union (EU) as it pushes to become an integrated superstate and pressures the Nordic nation to accept more and more of the bloc’s rules and regulations.
The comments were made by Bjarni Benediktsson, Iceland’s finance minister, who explained how they are battling to protect their national interests from “deeper integration” and the EU’s push to force them to bow to additional rules on energy and food standards.

Although not an EU member state, Iceland, along with Norway, is inside the Single Market and tied to many of the bloc’s rules thanks to membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement.

It submits to the European Free Trade Area (Efta) court, which is informed by case law established by European Court of Justice (ECJ) rulings, and is subjected to open borders and mass migration.

Parliament’s Brexit committee has urged the prime minister to copy Iceland, and resort to “EEA / Efta membership” as a backup option it cannot secure a “deep and special partnership” with the EU.

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