UK free trade deal wins muted support

There was little if any customary outrage when Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg presented a new free trade deal on Friday, this time with the UK. She called the agreement “historic,” criticism was largely restrained and even Norway’s chronically unhappy farm lobby called at least parts of  it “good.” Negotiations had, as usual, pitted Norway’s […]

Norway finally lands trade deal with UK

Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s Conservatives-led government reportedly has finally struck a new post-Brexit trade deal with the Conservatives-led UK, but only after reportedly trying to secure support for it from the rival Labour Party. Norway’s two “steering parties” could thereby overrule protests from one of Solberg’s small government partners that wanted more protection for Norwegian […]

EU fires back over fishing off Svalbard

Norway and the EU remain caught in conflict over cod-fishing quotas off Svalbard. EU officials confirmed earlier this week that they think Norway is violating the Svalbard Treaty principles by cutting back on its quotas since Great Britain left the EU. Norway is also in the final rounds of free trade negotiations with Great Britain, […]

Fish over cheese in Brexit talks

Norway’s left-leaning newspaper Dagsavisen has long supported subsidies and tariff protection for farmers in Norway, but now thinks they should let more British cheese into the country if it means Norway can sell more processed fish to the UK. The paper printed a surprising rebuke to Norway’s protectionist farm lobby in an editorial this week, […]

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 […]