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Hjörtur J.
Hjörtur J. Guðmundsson. Writer and commentator. Historian and MA in International Relations (European, security and defense studies). Free-market conservative.
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Hjörtur J. 20h
This hardly comes as much surprise. After all it has been the EU way to repeat referendums they don't like until they get the "right" results.
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Hjörtur J. Sep 17
Well, what about a compromise? A comprehensive free trade agreement with zero tariffs on goods which the EU has already said is on the table? That is of course as long as the terms are otherwise acceptable.
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Hjörtur J. Sep 7
Replying to @wallaceme
Thought this was rather elementary. And I'm not from the UK.
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Hjörtur J. Sep 5
Congratulations! March 29 2019 is a good date :D
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Hjörtur J. Sep 5
That is apart from the so-called Icesave case which former EFTA Court President Baudenbacher has referred to. But the problem there is that when the EFTA Court ruled on that case in January 2013 the ECJ had not previously issued a ruling in a similar case. Ergo, no ECJ case law.
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Hjörtur J. Sep 5
But to answer your question Rupert the only example I have seen referred to wasn't really an issue similar in substance in accordance with article 6 of the EEA Agreement. The EFTA Court wasn't consequently obliged to follow the case law of the ECJ regarding that particular case.
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Hjörtur J. Sep 5
Moreover should there be a conflict between the two courts the EEA Joint Committee is required to find a solution to maintain the EEA homogeneity which according to protocol 48 to the EEA Agreement may no affect the case law of the ECJ with no similar reference to the EFTA Court.
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Hjörtur J. Sep 5
Well, regarding the EFTA Court I suggest you read article 6 of the EEA Agreement and article 3 of the agreement between the EFTA States on the establishment of a Surveillance Authority and a Court of Justice.
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Hjörtur J. Sep 3
Well, doesn't need new ideas. The comprehensive free trade agreement idea is already there.
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Hjörtur J. Aug 30
Replying to @freespirited_p
Well, apparently she only backed the 2016 referendum because she thought her side would win.
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Hjörtur J. Aug 28
Very interesting article suggesting Ireland should consider joining the Commonwealth of Nations whose predecessor it left in 1949.
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Hjörtur J. Aug 26
The Northern Sea Route is still being explored as a possible alternative to the Suez Canal. Now by Maersk Line.
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Hjörtur J. Aug 14
The current government debt of Iceland is 31.5% of GDP daily Morgunblaðið reports today Tuesday. Down from 84.9% in 2013.
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Hjörtur J. Aug 6
Meanwhile the United States is making modifications to a hanger in Keflavík, Iceland which used to house P-3 Orions, and upgrading other necessary facilities to be able to operate P-8A Poseidons from there.
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Hjörtur J. Aug 6
Replying to @JamesMelville
Well, seems you're missing an option (probably by mistake) which has received a significant discussion in the Brexit debate and which the EU has already offered, a comprehensive free trade agreement.
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Hjörtur J. Aug 6
Replying to @DanielJHannan
The best way to ensure equality, as I have pointed out several times here in Iceland, is indeed individualism which only measures the individual as an individual regardless of sex, race, origin, religion, etc.
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Hjörtur J. Aug 4
Well, actually this is very clear in article 126 of the EEA Agreement as EFTA for example explains quite well on its website. Also, the agreement refers on many occasions to either EU or EFTA members which would not cover countries outside the two clubs.
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Hjörtur J. Aug 4
Well, Britain is currently a part of the EEA throught the EU. To do this Britain would have to negotiate rejoining the EEA through EFTA (which the EU would have a say in) after first negotiating membership of EFTA and all its joint FTAs according to the EFTA Convention.
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Hjörtur J. Aug 4
Plus, Britain would first have to negotiate membership of EFTA and all its FTAs according to the EFTA Convention before negotiating EEA membership from the EFTA side. I fail to see why EFTA should waste time and money on something that was only meant to last for few years.
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Hjörtur J. Aug 3
Apart of course from the more recent development I mentioned earlier where the two pillar system of the EEA Agreement has been increasingly ignored with the EFTA/EEA countries accepting direct jurisdiction from the ECJ under pressure from Brussels.
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