Stalled UK trade deal stirs concern

Norway’s and the UK’s failure to strike a new post-Brexit free trade agreement by January 1 is unleashing new concerns, even with an interim transition deal in place. It also points up conflicts, within Norway’s own negotiating team, that once again have pitted Norway’s powerful farming lobby against its important fishing industry. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv […]

Employers’ group rings Brexit alarm

Norway’s national employers’ organization NHO is warning that Norwegian businesses need to prepare for chaos when post-Brexit transition pacts between the EU and the UK expire on December 31. Progress on firming up new agreements has been slow. News bureau NTB reported last week that Norway and the UK may not have their own free […]

British citizens reminded of new rules

Norway’s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has been “reminding” British citizens this summer that they’ll now need to apply for residence permits if they want to live, work or study in Norway after January 1. Those already in Norway will retain their rights to residence, but will still have to apply for it and […]

Solberg backs joint Brexit talks with UK

Prime Minister Erna Solberg says she’s keen to cooperate with her partners in the European Economic Area (EEA/EØS), Iceland and Liechtenstein, to jointly negotiate a new trade and policy pact with the UK. The three EEA members met in Oslo on the first working day after the UK formally withdrew from the EU, and therefore the EEA […]

Norway, UK sign own Brexit deal

Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide signed Norway’s own “Brexit agreement” with the UK in London Tuesday afternoon. It’s aimed at securing existing rights for Norwegian and British citizens in each other’s country after the UK leaves the European Union at midnight on Friday. Søreide claimed there “will be no changes in the relation between our […]

Solberg optimistic after British vote

Prime Minister Erna Solberg was quick to congratulate her British counterpart Boris Johnson, after his Conservative Party’s landslide victory in Thursday’s general election. She thinks, like many others, that it will lead to more “predictability” after years of uncertainty, but others aren’t so sure. “When the Conservatives have now gained a majority (in the British […]

Norway braces for new Brexit chaos

This week’s Brexit drama is once again being followed anxiously in Norway, which struggled with its own EU referendum results in 1994. Now Great Britain is Norway’s single biggest trading partner, and Norwegian seafood exporters in particular don’t want, for example, to see their fish rot in any long lines at customs if the UK […]

Erna calls Boris ‘witty and funny’

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg was among those congratulating her fellow Conservative leader Boris Johnson as he became British premier on Wednesday. She seems to like him, and doesn’t think he resembles the equally controversial US leader, Donald Trump. “I’ve met him during NATO summits and a few times when he was foreign minister,” Solberg […]

‘No-deal’ Brexit pact in place

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 […]

Brexit uncertainty keeps on growing

Norwegian students are the latest group to be warned about the consequences of Brexit.  While businesses and British expats in Norway have been worrying for months, a government minister is flat out advising Norwegian students against beginning any foreign exchange- or other study programs in the UK this fall. “There’s so much uncertainty because of […]