We are ready to negotiate with the UK

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After the Conservative Party’s crackdown in Britain, trade negotiations between Norway and the UK will be made as soon as they are ready.

“Yesterday’s election results remove much of the uncertainty that has been linked to Brexit up until now,” said Minister of Commerce Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (H) after the British election results became clear on Friday.

– Trade between Norway and the UK will continue as before in the transition period, and we will use all our efforts to negotiate a free trade agreement with the UK in 2020. The goal will be to continue as much as possible of the close economic cooperation we already have today, he continues.

So far in 2019, the UK market is Norway’s fifth largest export market in terms of value. In November alone, Norway has exported 145,000 tonnes of seafood, worth NOK 5.8 billion.

Minister of Fisheries and Seafood Harald T. Nesvik (Frp) says the outcome of the UK election creates stability for the seafood industry.

– “With an orderly exit we avoid chaos and queues on the border. This has been one of the major uncertainties for the UK to leave the EU without a deal,” says Nesvik.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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