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The awkward truth is that a Norway Brexit almost certainly wouldn’t work

There is no guarantee we would even be allowed to try it

By Anand Menon  


There’s been a lot of talk about Norway in the Brexit debate of late. And in keeping with the tenor of that debate as a whole, much of it has skipped happily around uncomfortable practicalities such as what a “Norway option” might mean in practice, whether Norway would welcome imitation by us, and whether the EU would even allow us to try.

The idea that membership of the European Economic Area, plus a comprehensive customs arrangement might offer an acceptable way forward in the…

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