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The Norway option would capture the true essence of Brexit

Hardliners are wrong to dismiss the model out of hand

By George Yarrow  

The EEA option, i.e. continuing participation in the European Economic Area Agreement (EEAA) on terms equivalent to those of Norway, is frequently dismissed as a “second best” Brexit option. As the nearest competitor to the favoured “first-best” options of enthusiasts for hard Brexit or for Remain it naturally gets trashed from both ends of the spectrum. It does though have very considerable merits, which for me make it first-best by a significant margin. Here’s why.

First, it directly addresses the underlying problem in all this: a widespread domestic aversion to the process of…

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