Hjörtur J. Guðmundsson, historian and political journalist, introduces his latest publication to the European Parliament - The view from Iceland - Being Free and Being Free to Trade
During his introduction, which took place on the 28th March within the Parliament, Hjörtur gave the audience an insight into his work. He explained why he had selected the themes to create his narrative and why these are really relevant to the country he calls home.
He elaborated on public opinion in Iceland towards current affairs, including Brexit and Icelands own relationship with the EU. Arguing how Icelandic history and its past relationships with neighbours has come to shape the modern view, of Iceland within Europe and the wider World.
"To avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, to know where you are going, you must first know where you came from"
Mr Guðmundsson discussed what he sees as a common misconception that "Iceland is not part of the EU because of the Common Fisheries Policy." Stating that in fact the decision is far more relevant to Icelandic sovereignty and the influence they have within the world to protect and promote their own interests as a smaller nation.
Mr Guðmundsson has long since been an advocator for free trade as it "brings long lasting prosperity in the future not short lived which regulation often does.” His publication goes some way to demonstrate the value of free trade for the future now that we have the opportunity for change, download your copy by clicking here.