Geir H. Haarde, the Icelandic Foreign Minister, met with his British colleague Jack Straw in the Birtish Foreign Ministry today (January 18). During the meeting the two discussed the relationship between Iceland and the United Kingdom, the European Union and various other international issues. Haarde said after the meeting it was especially interesting to hear that Straw agreed with him that no special Icelandic interests demanded that Iceland joined the EU. Haarde said furthermore that Straw said Icelanders were doing very well outside the EU and it was no necessity for Iceland to join the Union. Besides all the cost and the burden membership would mean for the country.
Well, this is of course nothing new for us in Iceland, but it's always nice to hear some top EU people confirm this :)