Norway ready for post-Brexit talks

The Norwegian government has a delegation ready to launch more formal negotiations over Norway’s looming bilateral relationship with the UK once it leaves the EU. Talks may start soon, even as the UK’s own Brexit negotiations with the EU remain complicated and the result highly unclear. News bureau NTB reported  this week that the UK […]

Solberg caught in Britain’s quarrel

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg landed squarely in the middle of the Brexit quarrels going on within her counterpart Theresa May’s own party and in the British Parliament as well. Solberg doesn’t seem to think the British will wind up with an agreement like the one Norway has with the EU. In addition come the […]

British royals turn on the charm

Oslo was serving as the latest venue on Thursday for what’s widely been called a “charm offensive” by the British government in the midst of difficult Brexit negotiations. An overnight visit by arguably Britain’s most popular royal couple comes “at the request of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office,” according to the British Royal Family’s own […]

EU post sacrificed in favor of foreign aid

Of all the changes resulting from her goverment reshuffle, Prime Minister Erna Solberg was getting perhaps the most kudos for her decision to replace a ministerial post responsible for EU issues with one aimed at monitoring foreign aid. It’s forcing a major reorganization within Norway’s foreign ministry, but commentators on both the left and the […]

Norwegians back their deal with EU

Norwegians still don’t want to join the European Union (EU), but there’s little if any desire among them to scrap the trade deal they have that gives Norway full access to the EU’s inner market. Any hopes for a “Norwegian Brexit” seem dashed, according to the results of a new survey released this week. Only […]

No congratulations after British vote

Børge Brende, Norway’s foreign minister from its own Conservative Party, didn’t feel he could immediately congratulate either side after Thursday’s dramatic election that toppled Britain’s Conservatives. The shocking results of the election also throw the Brexit process into more uncertainty, right after Norway was promised special treatment as an observer of the process with high stakes […]

Minister clarifies post-Brexit plan

Norway’s government minister in charge of business and trade, Monica Mæland, has now sent a letter to her British counterpart, Liam Fox, to assure him that Norway will cooperate on forming the best possible bilateral trade deal between their two countries after Britain leaves the EU (Brexit). She felt a need to correct and clarify an […]

Reports of a post-Brexit UK-Norway trade deal not correct

Reports on Monday that British Trade Minister Liam Fox wanted to set up a British-Norwegian working group to prepare a new post-Brexit trade deal were imprecise. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) issued a correction on Tuesday of its own report on Monday that Norway’s government also had rejected Fox’ offer. What actually happened, wrote DN in Tuesday’s correction, is […]

Progress Party says ‘no’ to joining EU

Norway’s Progress Party, which is part of the country’s Conservatives-led minority coalition government, has for the first time come out publicly against joining the European Union (EU). The party has earlier refused to take a firm stand on EU membership, which is also still opposed by the vast majority of Norwegians. “We have been too unclear […]