Norway and Great Britain have put into place an agreement that aims to secure the legal status of Norwegians currently in the UK and British citizens in Norway, in the event Britain leaves the EU next month with no firm trade or legal agreements in place. The pact also applies to Norway’s partners in their own deal with the EU, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
The goal of the agreement is to secure the existing rights of all four countries’ citizens in a hard “no-deal” Brexit. The agreement had been expected after it was announced last fall, when British Prime Minister Theresa May visited Norway and met with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
It’s hadn’t formally been put in place, however, and Norway’s government minister in charge of higher education had since warned Norwegian students against planning to spend this fall studying in the UK on a short-term basis. That’s because of uncertainty both over whether their residence will be allowed or whether study credits will be valid. Many Norwegian students have since ignored her warning, but uncertainty remained.
News bureau reports that at least Norwegians already in the UK should now be able to continue as before, however, whether they’re studying or working there, and the same applies to UK citizens in Norway.