Prime Minister Erna Solberg was ready to welcome her British colleague Theresa May to Oslo on Tuesday. The two planned to discuss Brexit, NATO and Russia during their meeting.
May is traveling to Oslo to take part in the Northern Future Forum, which aims to enhance cooperation between the British prime minister and her colleagues from the Nordic and Baltic countries. Forum participants also want to discuss challenges they have in common, with health technology on the agenda this year. They’ll be hearing more about what ageing populations will mean for delivery of health care services.
Solberg will also have her own bilateral session with May during the visit, which comes at an extremely challenging time for May. News bureau NTB reported that the Brexit process, which means Norway will need a new bilateral trade deal with the UK, will dominate their agenda.
Norwegian authorities are also tense over what kind of trade deal the UK will strike with the EU after leaving the union itself. It remains unlikely that the UK’s deal will function like Norway’s, which allows full market access to the EU in return for billions of kroner in support and adherence to most EU rules and regulations.