Norway wants to be included in internal market deal between EU and Britain

Norway said on Tuesday that it wants to be included in any possible internal market arrangements between the European Union and Britain.

“Brexit will be a concern for all of us. Trade with both Britain as well as the EU is of enormous importance to Norway,” Norwegian Minister of the European Economic Area (EEA) and EU Affairs Frank Bakke-Jensen told a meeting with EU ambassador.

“We would like to have the possibility to be included in EU-UK arrangements concerning the internal market — permanent as well as transitional,” he said.

The Norwegian minister noted that it is in his country’s interests to maintain the closest possible trade policy cooperation with both sides. “I am pleased with the willingness to consult closely with us on coming negotiations about the internal market,” Bakke-Jensen said.

“We also have an ongoing political dialogue with the UK and are ready to discuss our future co-operation in specific terms as soon as the situation permits,” he said.

Norway is not a member of the EU but is part of the EEA and the European Free Trade Area (EFTA).

It remains subject to the same single market regulations and the fundamental principles of the free movement of goods, services, people and capital as the 28 EU member states.