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“Norway for now” is an almost brilliant Brexit idea

A leading European jurist says the plan for temporary EEA membership needs improvement

By Carl Baudenbacher  

Former President of the EFTA Court Carl Baudenbacher

In recent weeks, a movement has emerged in British politics that believes it can overcome the current Brexit crisis. It is called “Norway for now” and was launched by the Conservative MP and former minister Nick Boles. The basic idea is to have the transition period under the auspices of the EU replaced by a transition period in the safe harbour of the European Economic Area/European Free Trade Association. This would allow Britain to maintain the continuity of its customs arrangements while finalising the details…

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