Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who heads Norway’s Conservative Party (Høyre), was predictably pleased on Friday that her British counterparts did well in Thursday’s election in the UK. Great Britain is an important ally for Norway, and Solberg was also happy that David Cameron looked set to continue as British prime minister.
“I’m absolutely satisfied that the Conservatives had a good election result,” Solberg told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “It’s well-deserved. They ran a good campaign and not least have had good politics in recent years.”
Solberg noted that the Conservatives’ campaigned to turn around the British economy before the previous election and delivered on their promise. “So I think the voters are honouring them for their work with this election,” Solberg said.
She added that the Conservatives would also have “greater possibilities” to carry out their policies if they achieve a solid majority in Parliament as expected. Solberg also expects the party will move forward with its plan to hold a referendum on the UK’s membership in the EU.
“I have spoken with Cameron several times about Great Britain and the EU, and he has said he wants to have some rounds of conversation with the EU tied to changes the Conservatives want,” Solberg told NRK. “He’ll likely mount a referendum regarding whether Great Britain will continue to be a member of the EU.”
Norwegian voters have twice turned down membership in the EU, while Solberg’s Conservative party has generally wanted Norway to join.