No trade deals with UK until Brexit is complete, says Norway's Prime Minister

Solberg stated that there “won’t be any bilateral agreements between Norway and Britain before a solution is in place with the EU”. “The deal they [the British] get will go a long way to clarify what kind of relationship they will have with European Economic Area (EEA) countries,” she added. The UK remains Norway’s third-biggest export destination for goods, with seafood and gas the main exports to Britain. Last week Solberg said she was not yet sure whether it would be “good for Norway” for Britain to gain membership of EFTA. Countries currently in EFTA have a small combined population of 14 million, compared with Britain’s own 65 million, causing inevitable issues with a potential membership application. Norway's industry ministry Monica Maeland says it’s far from a clear-cut case that Norway should welcome the UK into EFTA. (The Independent)



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