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Old 10.08.2016, 02:16
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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Seems EFTA may not be the easy (interim) solution many people have proposed!

Quote "Norway could block any UK attempt to rejoin the European Free Trade Association, the small club of nations that has access to the EU single market without joining the EU itself.
Norway’s European affairs minister, Elisabeth Vik Aspaker told the Aftenposten newspaper: “It’s not certain that it would be a good idea to let a big country into this organisation."

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@marton old chap, I have some wonderful news for you. If you intend to inform us of all those same Guardian/Indie (etc.) items we read in our lunch-break earlier in the day -- the ones that ask someone for a negative comment on Brexit or the future of the UK -- you will never again have any shortage of fascinating stuff to tap out on EF. They will continue on and on and on, forever.

In the good old days of journalism, people used to go out and find news to report. Now, the hacks sit at their desks and either report what other people are reporting on Twitter, or they ring round some names on their lists of those "always good for a quote". From these fearless journalistic endeavours, we get this sort of stuff disclosed by a Norwegian minister to an obscure newspaper, when asked about the UK joining EFTA (which as far as I know, we have not suggested doing) -- "It’s not certain that it would be a good idea"

Thank you @marton. What a fantastically useful quote that is, about a non-existent event. Please keep entertaining us.
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