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Response to Barnier speech:

EFTA 4 UK response to speech by Michel Barnier, Chief Negotiator for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom

In Brussels, on 22 March 2017 Monsieur Michel Barnier, Chief Negotiator for the EU in relation to Brexit negotiations made a speech which we would like to respond to.


Our commentary is in Bold.



In the speech he said:

“Mr President, Ladies and Gentlemen,  Continue reading Response to Barnier speech:

Westminster Committee urges return to EFTA

07 March 2017

The International Trade Committee’s first report calls on the Government to publish a White Paper about the possibility of the UK re-joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).


Read the report here:

Theresa May’s Speech

The British Prime Minister Theresa May made a speech this week in which she seemed to rule out EEA membership. Does that mean that EFTA cannot feature in the UK’s post-brexit future? We argue the answer is no – it must. tmaybrexit

First off, membership of EFTA means we would be essentially signing a free trade deal with four countries at once. Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. 

Secondly, as members of EFTA, we could apply to join their extensive Free Trade network – Currently, the EFTA States have 27 free trade agreements (covering 38 countries). This would at a stroke secure the UK’s post-brexit trading future.  Continue reading Theresa May’s Speech

A New UK-EU Relationship?

‘A New UK-EU Relationship versus the False Certainty of Brexit Sovereignty’-  Dr Nat O’Connor 

Part of the explanation for the British vote to exit the EU is a reaction to the uncertainty and fast pace of change brought about by globalisation. The calls to ‘take back control’ and for the UK to be fully sovereign are a rhetorical expression of this malaise.pieces

Yet, how many countries are truly sovereign in this idealistic way?


Once the government of any territory wants to interact—even in a purely transactional way—with other jurisdictions, there must be some level of co-operation, if not compromise, which represents pooled sovereignty.

Of course, either party can disengage at any moment, but the mutual benefit of trade and other forms of interaction tend to outweigh the costs. And so, while control over many areas of domestic policy is always held internally, the notion of pure “sovereignty” can only be expressed negatively, by the act of disengaging and going it alone. Continue reading A New UK-EU Relationship?

Norway open to UK return to EFTA?

Over the last few days, we have read several media reports that say Norway may be softening her views on a possible British return to EFTA. Readers of this page will know that three out of the four current member countries of EFTA have expressed an interest in the UK returning to the Bloc, with Norway as the exception. 

We hope that these reports are accurate and that the British Prime Minister begins informal talks with the EFTA countries as soon as possible, hopefully with formal talks to begin shortly after. 


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What happens next?

The UK has voted to leave the UK. 

The pollsters are in hiding, the Westminster parties are imploding and the media are asking – what comes next?

We don’t speak for the government or the official leave campaign, but we have some suggestions.


First, some key points that need to be covered:


  •  The Icelandic Ministry for Foreign affairs has recently put out a press release, saying:

“During its meeting earlier today the Government of Iceland discussed the results of the British referendum on European Union membership and UK’s decision to leave the EU.  Continue reading What happens next?