Britain does not seem to want an EEA counterfeit agreement with the EU, but is keen to learn more about Norway’s relations with the EU, stated Europe minister Elisabeth Vik Aspaker.
She held Tuesday’s semi-annual testimony on important EEA and EU affairs in Parliament.
Vik Aspaker noted that British Prime Minister Theresa May does not envisage a full participation in the internal market and the acceptance of the four freedoms.
– The EEA Agreement therefore seems to be an appropriate option for Britain, said Vik Aspaker.
– Norway’s relations with the EU is, however, an important reference for discussions on possible solutions. The British have therefore shown great interest in learning more about our agreement with the EU, she emphasized in the statement.
The Europe Minister would not say anything about which agreement Norway can get with the British in the future.
– It will be in Norway’s interest to maintain an equally dense trade policy cooperation with Britain and equally good access to the UK market as today, while the EEA Agreement and other agreements Norway has with the EU, are safeguarded.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today