Norwegian Trade and Industry Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen has told the BBC that Norwegian ministers are forced to wait in a corridor when the EU makes decisions they are obliged to implement.
Commenting, Jo Stevens MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“The Norwegian trade minister could not have been clearer: any sort of ‘Norway deal’ will not take back control but quite literally leave us outside the room when big decisions are taken about our economic and environmental laws, product health and safety, and labour standards and protection.
“Even if a version of the arrangement Norway has could be negotiated in time – which it could not – it would leave those who want to leave the EU and those who want to stay in the EU deeply unhappy.
“We would still be paying into the EU but would have less say than ever. In the EU we share power and have a big voice, under a Norway deal we would surrender power. We would be effectively still subject to decisions of the European Court and have no judge there. The Irish Backstop would still be required and the divorce bill still due.
“Britain’s economy is eight times bigger than that of Norway. What works well for them is not a good solution for us. The real choice for Britain is between some form of Mrs May’s deal and staying in the EU with our current deal and with Parliament deadlocked we should hand that decision back to the people.”
Notes to Editors
The minister’s remarks can be heard here: https://twitter.com/peoplesvote_uk/status/1088384487724060672