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UK govt. urged to rethink on EU exit
Norway's Foreign Minister has urged the UK government to rethink on EU exit.
Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:38PM
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Norway's Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide has called on the British government to reconsider pulling out its country of the European Union (EU).

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's program, The World This Weekend, Eide urged Britain to assess the advantages of staying in the EU instead of considering an exit from the 27-nation bloc.

Norway is not in the EU but has access to the single market. In two referendums held in 1972 and 1994, Norwegian voters rejected joining the EU.

British Eurosceptics believe the Norwegian model is an ideal for the British integration, in which the UK could relate to the EU from outside.

However, the Norwegian foreign minister said Oslo had "limited scope for influence," adding, "We are not at the table when decisions are made.”

The Norwegian minister’s warning comes after British Prime Minister David Cameron described leaving the 27-nation bloc as “imaginable” for the first time.

Last week, the White House also warned that Britain’s break up from the EU could put the country at risk and also reduce the US influence on the continent.

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