The European Commission is taking a huff and suggesting Iceland must jump through numerous hoops before it can wriggle free... Choosing between the EU and EU exit, the British electorate are getting a taste for Kippers." -UKIP Fisheries spokeman Raymond FinchMEP
•The Government of Iceland has formally withdrawn its application for EU membership, a major contention being quotas imposed on mackerel fishing on which Iceland depends economically.
Officials in Iceland said they will set their own mackerel-fishing quotas after two nearby states negotiated an agreement with the European Union without including them.
"The Goverment of Iceland has no intentions to resume accession talks. Furthermore, any commitments made by the previous Government in the accession talks are superseded by the present policy," the formal letters to the Commission and the Presidency of the EU Council said.
The Icelandic government submitted these letters on Thursday, but a communication from the Commission's press officer for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement said that Iceland will not be taken off the candidate countries' list, citing 'certian rules that have to be followed.'
In response, UKIP Fisheries spokesman, MEP Ray Finch said:
"The new Icelandic government had a choice between the EU and a heap load of mackerel, and they chose the mackerel. I love their great choice. It demonstrates two things - that countries can work in the economic interests of their citizens and that EU expansion in no longer inevitable.
"The European Commission is taking a huff and suggesting Iceland must jump through numerous hoops before it can wriggle free. This is just bureaucratic pettiness on a European stage.
Given the choice between the EU and mackerel, Icelanders chose mackerel.
"Choosing between the EU and EU exit, the British electorate are getting a taste for Kippers."