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But Norway has about twice the GDP/capita of United Kingdom. I am sure there is a lot of politics in setting the fees, but GDP probably plays a role too.

Following your links:
InFacts Norwegians pay about as much as Brits to access EU - InFacts

As InFacts has previously shown, the UK sent £12.9 billion to the EU last year. After subtracting the money the EU spends in the UK and money that the UK would spend anyway because of its commitment to global development targets, the UK's net contribution to the EU comes to £96 per capita--by coincidence, exactly the same as our estimate for Norway.

This is not to say that Britain would have to pay the same per head as Norway if we quit the EU and adopted the Norwegian model. After all, the UK's GDP per person is lower than Norway's. Perhaps the UK could plead poverty and negotiate a lower contribution to the EU in a post-Brexit arrangement. On the other hand, if the split were acrimonious, things could turn out worse.

A search also yielded this:

LSE BREXIT - How much do non-EU countries give up for access to the single market? More than Brexiteers will like

While the UK's strategy toward access of the EU single market after Brexit is unclear, the experience of the four non-EU countries having access to it suggests that the conditions of access may involve:

    Sizeable net financial contribution to the EU budget (Norway pays similar amounts to current UK payments in relative terms, though Switzerland and Liechtenstein pay surprisingly small amounts.);

So Norway may not be a good comparison.

by fjallstrom on Tue Aug 29th, 2017 at 12:14:14 PM EST
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No doubt the EU will use indicators like Norway's contribution per capita which suit it's argument for a higher contribution, and the UK will use Switzerland or some other example to bolster it's case for a lower one.  The bottom line is that there is no universal rule for calculating the contribution and each case is a bespoke deal. The EU will name it's price and the UK theirs, and then the haggling will begin with absolutely no guarantee of a successful outcome but a likely agreement somewhere down the middle. This could take years...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Aug 30th, 2017 at 07:30:21 PM EST
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