OSLO (Reuters) – Norway may lend support for a potential bid by Britain to rejoin the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) if so wished by London after it exits the European Union, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Wednesday.
In Britain, supporters of a so-called “Norway plus” plan that would see Britain re-entering EFTA, of which Norway is a member, have said it could provide an alternative to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit agreement with Brussels.
Asked whether Norway would support Britain coming back to EFTA, Solberg told Reuters in an interview: “If that is what they really want, we will find solutions in the future.
“To find a good agreement is important for all European countries and I hope that we will see an orderly deal that doesn’t disrupt economic affairs in Europe,” she added.
Britain is Norway’s biggest trading partner, to whom it sells natural gas, fish and services.
May began on Wednesday a tour of the United Kingdom to drum up suppor