Iceland: Alcohol Bill Submitted

A bill that would permit the sale of alcohol in private shops has been submitted to parliament, and it is uncertain whether it will fail or become law, The Reykjavik Grapevine reports.

Currently, alcoholic beverages may only be bought from any of the The State Alcohol and Tobacco Company of Iceland (ÁTVR) stores in the country.

Vísir reports that Vilhjálmur Árnason’s bill, which would make alcohol legal for sale in supermarkets, has been submitted to parliament. However, even he admits that support for the bill is on a knife’s edge.

However, there is considerable multipartisan support. Apart from some Independence Party MPs, other co-sponsors of the bill hail from Bright Future, the Pirate Party and the Progressives. Neither the Left-Greens nor the Social Democrats will support the bill.

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