“Norwegian Model” plus influence gives UK best of both worlds

For months now, supporters of so-called “Brexit” promoted the benefits of the “Norwegian Model” – a mythical land where access to the Single Market is secured while the country is protected from the perils of currency union, political integration and shared immigration policy.

Last Friday, David Cameron delivered just that – except the UK remains at the table, not only for EU issues but even for Eurozone issues where they affect the UK.

The UK is left in an enviable position. It is part of the world’s largest free trading bloc but shielded from having to contribute to Eurozone bail-outs; it has full access to the single market but does not have to participate in common migrant or refugee re-settlements; it can retain its alliances in Europe within a common agreed framework while also firmly committed to intelligence sharing, investment and cultural exchange with North America and Australasia.

The UK, in other words, is firmly rooted where it should be – at the centre of the civilised industrial world’s axis, speaking the world’s most spoken language, trading in the world’s largest free trade zone, operating as a global hub without obvious parallel.

If we trust Messrs Farage, Galloway and Grayling to come up with an alternative plan we could, of course, choose to throw this all away on 23 June. I know what my choice will be.

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One thought on ““Norwegian Model” plus influence gives UK best of both worlds

  1. Norway’s model is an agreement between Norwegian nationalism and Norwegian European unionism and the European Union effectively.

    It does have a lot of parallels with a different European region beginning with “Nor”

    I think some Leave Brits are worried about a number of things:

    1. A Malthusian catastrophe brought on by immigration and sharing the Atlantic with other nations that have it.

    2. The Collapse of Commonwealth networks and Emerging Nations

    3. The European Communities Act stopping the UK exercising “democratic” laws.

    4. The ability to rip up international treaties when it feels like it like any other unbound nation.

    5. Even some genuine Skepticism about whether the European Union can even work any more.

    These are good and genuine reasons to leave a nation, Irish people wanted Home Rule to take power to deal with a genuine Malthusian catastrophe. Northern Ireland didn’t want to leave its networks with its industrial partners in Britain and its empire. Laws and International Laws get changed all the time in the European Union and other bodies nations negotiate opt outs, and the collapse of the USSR and Yugoslavia even the Velvet Revolution

    But why do people think that if the best assets are Science, Creative Industries, Finance and Manufacturing would you rip up the Common Market which emancipates these industries for all the free trade tea in China?

    This is what actually makes the UK independent, not the flags, not the borders, not the ability to kick out foreigners or scrap some health and safety regulation … this is self-determination in practice.

    The problem with leave’s side is that it is Separatist, and Separatism is a great argument for those who are let down by their own nation state and its international networks, but it’s not an Independence movement, a movement which brings people off the ground.

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