|The Dutch Say Time for Icesave Talks is Through|
|Written by Iceland Review|
|Tuesday, 22 February 2011 13:33|
“The agreement has been signed and talks on it are over. The matter is now in the hands of Icelanders,” commented spokesperson of the Dutch Finance Ministry Niels Redeker to Fréttabladid in reaction to President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson’s decision to veto the new Icesave legislation and send it to a national referendum.
Redeker said the Dutch government will follow developments in this case and wait for the Icelandic government to inform them on its progress. Fréttabladid was unable to contact the British government for comment on the story.
Icelandic Minister of Finance Steingrímur J. Sigfússon said in an interview on RÚV’s news magazine Kastljós that he could best describe the reactions of the British and Dutch governments as surprise and disappointment, given that 70 percent of MPs in the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, passed the new Icesave legislation.
Fréttabladid reported that the British media were rather harsh in their coverage on Grímsson’s decision. The Guardian stated the decision could prove a headache to the British government as it had agreed to take responsibility for part of the cost.
According to law, the Icesave referendum must take place before April 20 and it will probably be held a few days before that date.
A new MMR (Media and Market Research) survey concluded that 57.7 percent of respondents intend to vote for the new Icesave legislation in the upcoming referendum, while 60.7 percent said they supported the president’s decision.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 February 2011 16:34|