Erna Solberg says Britain won’t like the Norwegian EU solution

Prime Minister Erna Solberg.Photo: Emil Breistein / NTB scanpix

Prime Minister Erna Solberg warns Britain against leaving the EU, arguing that Norway is paying a high price for not being a part of EU.

If Brits vote to leave the EU under the referendum on June 23, they will be surprised, says Solberg.
– They’re not going to like it, she says in an interview with the website Politico.
Høyre still wants Norway to join the EU, but Solberg admits that the party is out of step with most Norwegians since polls show that only around 18 percent now want membership.

This means that few, if any, are keen on another referendum in Norway, where the majority said no both in 1972 and 1994.
– This is because the EU has many problems, so they are not particularly attractive, says Solberg.

British EU opponents are pointing to Norway and believes Britain will be better served with a similar association with the EU as the one that Norway gets through the EEA Agreement. Solberg disagrees.
– Such a connection will be difficult for the United Kingdom, because Brussels will  make decisions without the Brits being able take part in that, she says.  for being outside.

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today