Europe will pay if it punishes Britain in Brexit talks, warns Iceland Foreign Minister – Telegraph.co.uk

However Mr Thordarson added that the concept of ‘defending’ the European Union by punishing Britain was born out of a misguided idea of trying to perfect a vision of Europe which did not exist.

Likening Iceland to a child caught in the crossfire between two feuding parents in a messy divorce, Mr Thordarson, argued for more flexibility from Brussels, noting that Europe already had differing layers of commitment. 

Iceland, which is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) withdrew from EU accession talks in 2013, with surveys showing the country’s population firmly against EU membership.

 “There are already layers of co-operation in Europe – the EU, the EEA, EFTA, Schengen, the euro, Nato – that’s normal, so if one nation wants to leave one of these spheres of co-operation but still wants to be in close touch in other ways, that is in everyone’s interests,” he said.

Europe will pay if it punishes Britain in Brexit talks, warns Iceland Foreign Minister – Telegraph.co.uk

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