Norway is ‘perfect example’ of how being outside the EU is better??
NORWAY has said it is a perfect example of how being outside the European Union (EU) is better than being in the bloc, despite Tory’s “scaremongering” tactics?
The Scandinavian country has rejected calls to join the bloc twice, and has gone on to become the fifth richest country in the world per capita.
An average salary in Norway is now £42,000 – nearly double the British average.
And anti-EU campaigners in Norway insist they have become so successful because they have remained outside the EU, although they are part of the European Economic Area (EEA).
Referring to Mr Cameron’s insistence leaving the EU will be a “leap in the dark”, Katherine Kleveland, chair of Norway’s anti-EU campaign group, Nei till EU, said: “It’s not dark here on the outside.
“You have to remember the world is bigger than the EU and the EU is struggling these days with the refugee crisis and the euro problem.”
She said before Norway’s last In/Out referendum in 1994, those wanting to remain used exactly the same scare tactics as UK Remain campaigners, and their doomsday predictions still have not come true.
The campaigner, added: “They said 100,000 jobs would be lost, that the economy would be hit, but it was shown to be false.
“Our economy has growth and we didn’t lose jobs.”
Pro-EU politicians in Britain have been keen to say coming out of the EU will mean a severe loss of revenue for British businesses, but Norway has shown a country can be outside the bloc but still trade successfully.
More than 80 per cent of Norway’s exports go to the bloc, including most of its gas, of which a sizeable amount goes to the UK.
As a member of the EEA, it has access to the single market so has to abide by EU laws and regulations when it comes to trade.
This means Norway has to stick to the free movement of labour – a key EU rule.
However, businesses say this has only benefitted them as, with a population of just five million, they would not have enough workers otherwise.
Almost 27,000 EU workers came to Norway last year, with a third of nearly arrived workers from Poland, followed by Lithuania and Romania.
Britain has a population more than 10 times larger than Norway and saw 10 times as many EU workers – 215,000 – than Norway arrive last year.
DAILY EXPRESS (England)
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