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Britain’s post-Brexit importance remains, Norway says. Norway’s EFTA Parliamentary Committee stresses that trade remains high on its agenda after Britain leaves the EU. The future situation for British and Norwegian nationals is also in focus. “The UK is one of the most important trading partners for Norway (and EFTA), so it is important to get a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in place as soon as possible after the UK has left the EU and the EEA,” Svein Roald Hansen tells The Foreigner. “It should be a comprehensive agreement covering trade in goods, services, investment, and so on,” adds the Labour (Ap) MP, who is head of the Norwegian Parliament’s Delegation to the EFTA (European Free Trade Association) and EEA (European Economic Area) Parliamentary Committees.

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Britain’s post-Brexit importance remains, Norway says

Published on Monday, 8th August, 2016 at 19:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 8th August 2016 at 19:51.

Norway’s EFTA Parliamentary Committee stresses that trade remains high on its agenda after Britain leaves the EU. The future situation for British and Norwegian nationals is also in focus.

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Royal Norwegian Embassy in London
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“The UK is one of the most important trading partners for Norway (and EFTA), so it is important to get a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in place as soon as possible after the UK has left the EU and the EEA,” Svein Roald Hansen tells The Foreigner.

“It should be a comprehensive agreement covering trade in goods, services, investment, and so on,” adds the Labour (Ap) MP, who is head of the Norwegian Parliament’s Delegation to the EFTA (European Free Trade Association) and EEA (European Economic Area) Parliamentary Committees.

He makes his remarks ahead of an intended meeting between Ministers from the UK and Norway. This forms part of the Scandinavian country’s ongoing plans regarding Britain’s EU departure.

Norwegian officials initiated a wide-ranging analysis to examine bilateral cooperation and links with Britain in light of Brexit before the summer holidays, some one week following victory for ‘Leave’.

Led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the senior level working group was established to follow the progress of EU-UK negotiations and to chart how these will affect Norwegian interests.

The group will also examine the consequences that Britain’s withdrawal from the EU will have for Norway. New meetings are scheduled for some time this month.

“I think Norway also would like to have an agreement which includes free movement of labour, but I guess that will be difficult against the backdrop of a Brexit debate,” Mr Hansen comments.

“This raises the question about what to do with Norwegians citizens working in UK and British citizens working in Norway. A solution to this must also be found in a coming agreement.”

Norway’s EFTA Parliamentary Committee has also discussed the outcome of the UK referendum at its 27th June meeting in Switzerland’s Bern.

Its members invited a think tank from Geneva. Amongst other things, the group was asked to provide insight into the possible consequences for the EU and EFTA.

Moreover, EFTA’s four national Ministers talked about the situation in the UK when they met at their twice-yearly forum, held in conjunction with EFTA’s Ministerial meetings.

Current Norway-UK agreements will remain in place for now until the UK ceases to be an EU member, according to Svein Roald Hansen.

“When the day comes that the UK exits the EU, it will be important to remember that they [the UK] are also leaving us, meaning the EEA and the bilateral agreements between the EU and Switzerland,” commented Mr Hansen following the discussions.

Norway EEA and EU Affairs Minister Elisabeth Vik Aspaker and David Davis MP, Britain’s Brexit Minister, have agreed to find a mutually convenient meeting date to discuss matters as soon as possible.

“Even though a British withdrawal from the EU is a long way off, we want to be as well prepared as possible when it comes to safeguarding Norwegian interests and our good relationship with the UK,” Elisabeth Vik Aspaker, Norway’s Minister of EEA (European Economic Area) and EU Affairs said in a statement.




Published on Monday, 8th August, 2016 at 19:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 8th August 2016 at 19:51.

This post has the following tags: brexit, eu, eea, uk, paywall.





  
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