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 […]

Storm builds around Norway’s EU deal

Complaints from some of Norway’s biggest labour organizations, combined with no small dose of Norwegian populism, have been fueling dissatisfaction over Norway’s trade deal with the EU. Debate has been fueled by both uncertainty over Brexit and new questions over whether Norway should simply join the EU after all, and thus gain a stronger voice […]

Solberg and May settle citizens’ rights

Nothing is certain regarding post-Brexit trade deals, but the prime ministers of Norway and Great Britain could set aside concerns about at least one consequence of Brexit: Norwegians and British citizen will, they agreed, retain their residence and working rights in each others’ countries. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg promised British Prime Minister Theresa May […]

Historic visit to firm up UK-Nordic ties

British Prime Minister Theresa May clearly has a staggering amount of things to deal with this week, from presenting her government’s state budget to negotiating the ongoing Brexit drama, but there she was, braving the rain in Oslo on Tuesday and making an historic appearance in the Norwegian Parliament. She’d accepted an invitation to attend […]