March 5, 2010
A vote is set for Saturday in Iceland on a referendum that would require Iceland to pay funds to the U.K. and the Netherlands based on U.K. and Netherlands investors who lost money because of the collapse of an Icelandic bank.
As I reported earlier:
The EU (based on some complicated rules) wants the residents of Iceland to bailout depositors in the United Kingdom who deposited money in an Icelandic bank that opened a subsidiary in the UK and then failed.The tab is £3.5 billion. The population of Iceland is only 320,000.
A Capacent Gallup survey conducted over the last weeks of February showed 74% of those who had decided to vote planned to vote “no”, reports WSJ.
The IMF and the EU are trying to muscle Iceland’s voters. The IMF has been holding up aid to Iceland. The EU would likely kill the potential of membership for Iceland in the EU. Those muscle moves have obviously not gone over well with Iceland’s voters.
An Icelandic negotiating team remained in London, according to WSJ,i n a last-ditch bid to seal a pact that could—at least temporarily—eliminate the need for a referendum on the older agreement. But Iceland’s finance minister, Steingrímur Sigfússon said it was “highly unlikely” the referendum would be called off.
This article was posted: Friday, March 5, 2010 at 3:35 pm