Farage Believes May Now Heading For ‘Norway Style’ Deal

Former UKIP Leader Nigel Farage (pictured above) has said that he fears that Prime Minister Theresa May is now heading for a ‘Norway Style’ soft exit from the EU which means that we would still need to obey many current EU rules.

The stalwart Brexiteer and former Ukip leader raged against attempts from the UK Government to seal a Norway-style Brexit deal with Brussels.

Speaking on his daily radio show on LBC, Mr Farage said: “What I thought from day one is there was a possibility that our political class in Westminster would take us down a road where we finish up a bit like Norway.

“Stuck inside something like the European Economic Area, still having to obey EU rules and finding it very difficult to be free to make our own relationships with the rest of the world. And paying a lot of money for that privilege!”

Mr Farage warned against a Norway-style Brexit arrangement that would see the United Kingdom remain a paying member of the EU single market.

He said the Conservative party was now starting to split on the possibility of Britain seeking membership of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in order to maintain access to the European Economic Area (EEA).

The debate on the Government’s Brexit plans exploded after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson unexpectedly presented his 4,000-word Brexit vision in the Telegraph.

Mr Farage said: “Clearly Philip Hammond wants us to be in a Norwegian-type position. Boris very clearly stated in the Telegraph on Saturday that Brexit should really mean Brexit and that means we crack on.

“We leave, we don’t stay part of the single market, the customs union or anything else. And Theresa May is in the middle of all of this but has clearly been softening towards a more EEA, Norway-type position.”

EFTA is considered by some as a possible transitional solution to ensure trade continuity after Brexit.

Unlike the European Union, the association does not seek to establish political integration nor does it create legislation members must abide by.

Free trade agreements under EFTA eliminate import duties on industrial goods and fish and allow member states to strike additional deals with international partners.

Westmonster Dave is the News Editor of Kipper Central.

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