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Updated: New low for Norwegian EU membership. More than 60 percent of Norwegians say they would vote against joining the EU if a referendum were called today, according to the latest opinion poll. “It is easy to see the EU is not working they way it should if you look at it today. I think many Conservative voters have bought the argument for a long time that the EU is a free trade agreement, but are now beginning to realize that it is very much more than that. They do not like that the EU is about to become a superior federal state based on the American model that threatens nation states' self-determination,” William Johnsen, Central Board Member in Ungdom mot EU (Youth Against the EU), tells Nationen. He also fears what will happen when the EU controls the state budgets to all single currency countries.

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Updated: New low for Norwegian EU membership

Published on Monday, 24th January, 2011 at 09:03 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan   .
Last Updated on 26th January 2011 at 22:18.

More than 60 percent of Norwegians say they would vote against joining the EU if a referendum were called today, according to the latest opinion poll.

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“It is easy to see the EU is not working they way it should if you look at it today. I think many Conservative voters have bought the argument for a long time that the EU is a free trade agreement, but are now beginning to realize that it is very much more than that. They do not like that the EU is about to become a superior federal state based on the American model that threatens nation states' self-determination,” William Johnsen, Central Board Member in Ungdom mot EU (Youth Against the EU), tells Nationen.

He also fears what will happen when the EU controls the state budgets to all single currency countries.

Today’s opinion poll conducted for Nationen and Klassekampen shows only 22.5 percent are now in favour of EU membership.

Conservative MP Nikolai Astrup believes people opposed to the EU cannot see how far Norway is already integrated within the EU economy.

“Except for fishing, farming, and the euro, Norway is practically speaking already part of the EU’s inner market. The only thing it lacks is the right of co-determination.”

He also points out that there would be advantages for these key industries if Norway officially became a member.

“There’s no doubt the fish farming industry would benefit greatly if we became members of the EU. It would also open up possibilities for fish distribution on a completely different scale than at present. There is no doubt that farming is also an important trade. I would like to point out that Finland’s agriculture has benefited more the Norway’s because of its EU membership,” says Mr Astrup.



Published on Monday, 24th January, 2011 at 09:03 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan   .
Last updated on 26th January 2011 at 22:18.

This post has the following tags: anti-euvote, opinionpoll, nikolaiastrup, conservativeparty, williamjohnsen.





  
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