Never mind the fact that Iceland just bounced England from the Euro 2016…the two countries, according to Iceland’s President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, have a bright future together, playing on the same side.
It is with positive vibes, that the Icelandic President noted,
“First and foremost the outcome is the most serious setback the leadership of the European Union has seen for a very long time,”
“…and a verdict so grim that it is hard to find words to describe this historic event.”
“First of all, it is now obvious that here in the North Atlantic will be a triangle of nations that all stand outside of the European Union: Greenland, Iceland, Great Britain, Faroe Islands and Norway.”
“This key area in the North will be outside of the influence of the European Union.”
The “Leave” result for the UK, means that the EEA Agreement that Iceland and Norway have with the EU will become more relevant, according to President Grímsson.
“Iceland and Norway will now, in a totally new way, become participants in negotiations that must take place between the European Union and the United Kingdom, and the European Union and member states of the European Economic Area (EEA) with this new triangle of countries in the North Atlantic.”
“Our significance with regards to relations with our neighbours as well as the member states of the EU has undergone positive changes.”
The Iceland Monitor reports that President Grímsson believes the UK will want to strengthen its relationship with its North Atlantic neighbours.
“It is enlightening for anyone to look at a map or a globe and study this part of the world, the magnificent Greenland, the North Atlantic, Iceland, Norway, and then south to the British Isles. And then consider, with regards to trade and international affairs between the United States and Europe, and Asia and Europe, the key position this area will enjoy in the 21st century.”
President Grímsson says this development will also lead to stronger relationship between Iceland and the United States and Canada. The US and Canada will need to adopt a new vision and a new policy for dealing with nations in the North Atlantic who are not members of the European Union. Especially now that the people of Great Britain have voted to leave the EU.
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, who has been the President of Iceland for twenty years, will step down in August when a new president is sworn in.
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