David Cameron calls for Norway-style Brexit deal
July 7, 2017

David Cameron, former Prime Minister, has called for Conservative MPs to support a ‘Norway-style’ Brexit deal which would allow the UK to remain inside the single market. Mr. Cameron had previously ruled out membership of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which would require the UK to make contributions to the EU budget, as well as grant freedom of movement to EU nationals. Under an agreement similar to Norway, Britain would remain a member of the European Economic Area, made up of EFTA countries and the EU, and abide by the European Court of Justice. However, if Britain wanted to stay in the EU customs union, it would have to strike a separate deal with the bloc. The existing EFTA countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland would also have to agree to Britain’s membership. One Conservative MP reported that Mr. Cameron had been in contact with a number of Tory backbenchers about the proposal. Meanwhile,  Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, criticised negativity around Brexit yesterday, which he said was being fuelled by the BBC –  “I cannot recall a single time in recent times when I have seen good economic news that the BBC didn’t describe as ‘despite Brexit’.”

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