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What critics of the Norway model often get wrong

The chief misconception is to assess Common Market 2.0 in isolation from the other options. But we will never break the deadlock if we keep on taking absolutist positions

By Stephen Kinnock  

Stephen Kinnock in Whitehall, London. Photo: PA

The downside of taking a reasoned, measured position in any political debate is that you tend to get ‘caught in the crossfire’, with purists at each end of the spectrum attacking your proposals because they pose a threat to their ideological obsessions. Try this with Brexit and you’re labelled a “traitor”, for all manner of reasons, all completely contradictory to each other.

But in spite of the occupational hazards, soon after the vote of 23 June 2016 it became clear to me that the…

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