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Norway's push for a change to `bad deal' with EU
Norway's agreement -- the European Economic Area Agreement -- allowed the country to retain more control over key parts of its economy, particularly its fishing grounds, but forced it to follow big chunks of EU policy over which, as a non-member, it has no say.

Meet the Center Party and its leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum:

In an echo of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's position, the Center Party wants something closer to a "traditional trade deal like Canada has," lawmaker Gjelsvik said.

But if it seeks such an arrangement, Norway will likely hit the same resistance in Brussels as Johnson has.

EU leaders hold that if a state wants access to the EU internal market it must align itself politically with Brussels and the EU has shown it is willing to risk a no-deal outcome rather than compromise on that fundamental idea.  

Norway's PM Sodberg wants to keep "market access":

"The Center Party wants to rip the foundation from under our market access," Solberg said.

Vedum stood his ground. "This is classic fearmongering," he said. "We are still going to have an agreement with the EU, a better agreement."

by Bernard on Mon Dec 14th, 2020 at 06:31:46 PM EST
Something the UK may not care about, but which must be uppermost in EU negotiator minds: any precedents they set in an agreement with the UK will be sought by EEA and EFTA countries and all other countries seeking a modified trading agreement with the EU. Thus the cost of any concessions will be multiplied, while the benefits of any UK concessions may not be.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Dec 14th, 2020 at 06:59:56 PM EST
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Vedum is lying, which is obvious because his lips are moving.  Senterpartiet has been opposed to EU involvement from Day One.  They equate "better deal" with "no deal".
by rifek on Thu Dec 17th, 2020 at 04:35:26 PM EST
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