Brexit lifeline BOMBSHELL: Norway says UK CAN join the EFTA if EU trade becomes impossible

He said: “The EEA agreement has proven it is viable, useful, possible to adapt to an ever changing landscape and still relevant for us.

“Our relationship with the EU is a dynamic relationship. When EU changes its laws and agreement we do the same. We are working on this every day.

On Britain, he added: “The initiative would have to come from the UK. For the moment, the question is not on the table.” 

Norway’s political elite has repeatedly tried to persuade voters to sign up to full EU membership, but they have twice rejected such a move first in the 1970s and then again in 1994. 

In 2013 Iceland hit the headlines when it became the first European country to sign a free trade agreement with China – a prospect which is still a long way off for the 27 remaining members of the Brussels bloc. 

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