Iceland’s Pirate Party Increase due to referendum?
Iceland’s Pirate Party has continued to dominate national opinion polls, and has now extended its lead to near 40 percent support in the nation.
To explain the dramatic shift in support, Icelandic parliamentarian and Pirate Party leader Birgitta Jonsdottir pointed toward popular trust and democracy regarding the matter of accession of Iceland to the European Union last year. “It was directly linked with the foreign minister bypassing the parliament in this action,” Jonsdottir told The Speaker. In March of 2015 the Icelandic foreign minister informed the EU Presidency that Iceland’s government had decided Iceland would not restart negotiations on accession and that the new decision superseded commitments toward accession made by the previous Icelandic government. “One of the promises of this government was to call for a national referendum asking Icelanders if they wanted to carry on or stop the EU bid. They broke that promise with the action of the foreign minister.”