The European Political spectrum has changed so much in the last century. There was so much progress in terms of relations, trading, policies, and democracies. Many countries, previously enemies, were able to form friendly relations for the betterment of the continent. Norway and the UK are primary examples of this.
These two sea-loving countries have come a long way. We all learn to forget the past, but the western Europeans are the best at it. Look at the UK and France, sworn enemies in the past now just simmered down to rivals. Same with Norway, what used to be a pillaging and invading one-way relationship looks like to have blossomed in a friendly environment as the countries have now agreed to help their citizens residing in opposite countries remain there with no hassles.
Brexit on the horizon
Brexit was a surprise for most of the European population. Even for the British population, it was an unexpected outcome. All of these surprises left the politicians all over the continent scrambling for a solution to deal with it. But it turned out that the best agreement was made outside the Union.
Norway was pleased to cooperate with the UK in their agreement to help their citizens remain in their places of residence after Brexit. Although it wouldn’t affect the two countries too much, given the fact that Norway isn’t a part of EU, it still needed a lot of consideration because of the active participation in the wider European Economic Area (EEA).
In the official statements, it is written that no matter the outcome, if the UK leaves the EU without a trade deal, the joint agreement will still take place. All of this was necessary, in order
to put all of the speculations at rest for the European immigrants. There are currently 18,000
Norwegians living in the UK and about 13,500 UK citizens living in Norway.
An important customer
The prime minister of Norway Erna Solberg has put all of the unrest to ease, as she and Prime minister May, made a joint announcement about the agreement. According to the announcement, Solberg has absolutely no fears in terms of their citizens losing their residence permits. The only issue would be to continue trading relations with the UK, should they not receive a free trading deal from the EU.
In that case, Norway could be losing a lot of business with one of its top buyers of oil, gas, and fish, the primary commodities of the country. In the words of Solberg, UK will have to face a tough challenge if they are left with no deal, as they are operating based on their imports, which will become a lot harder after Brexit.