Scotland in contact with EFTA regarding a “Norwegian solution”

Monica MælandMinister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland ( Conservative Party )Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

Scotland is eying up the EEA Agreement as a possible way back into the internal market when the UK leaves the EU. Norway remains apprehensive in the matter.

Scotland has been in contact with the EFTA Secretariat on the matter, the news agency NTB confirmed.

When the question came up in connection with the EFTA ministerial meeting in Geneva on Monda , Finance minister Monica Mæland pointed out that Scottish enrollment in the EEA through  EFTA is not possible as the situation stands today.

– It is a domestic matter which must be discussed internally in the UK, she said.

Iceland’s Foreign Secretary Lilja Alfredsdóttir think it is too early to rule out anything, but according to the BBC she also points out that one must be a sovereign state to join EFTA – which Scotland is not.

– Maybe it could be a possibility. You never know, says Alfredsdóttir.

According to Mæland , Brexit is high on the agenda throughout EFTA, consisting of Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

But it is difficult for the four countries to take a definite stand on the matter when the UK has not yet initiated the formal withdrawal process.

For now, we will continue to keep an informal dialogue between our countries.
– The EFTA countries have agreed that we will share information and keep each other informed, said Mæland.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

 

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