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Short thread on why correcting misconceptions over #EFTA #EEA on Twitter is so frustrating (1):
I really do get that some leavers want nothing to do with the single market and some remainers want only full fat EU. EFTA/EEA is neither. It is a pre-existing commercial free trade agreement made available in 1994 when the EU was still the European Community. /2
I genuinely don’t believe the EU of 2019 would make available today a free trade agreement as generous as the #EEA if it didn’t exist. See how today’s EU is trying to strong arm Switzerland out of their more generous bilateral agreements. /3
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1/ Excellent support for Norway option 🇳🇴 by @George_Osborne #Brexit @Tories4EFTA
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EFTA #Brexit MEGATHREAD 🇬🇧🇱🇮🇨🇭🇮🇸🇳🇴: #EFTA #EEA #EØS
1/ An EFTA/EEA 'Norway' style relationship with the EU would be cheaper than EU membership. 💶💷💰…
2/ The UK would not be a mere 'rule taker' in EFTA/EEA - we would regain sovereignty in key areas and speak for ourselves on global bodies.…
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A #NewYearsEve #thread

On 🇪🇺 & 🇬🇧 & 🇳🇴 & 🦄🦄🦄

May 2019 bring much 🎂 to have & eat!

Due thanks @SebDance for inspiration
Some clever 🇬🇧 spin doctors have added a ➕ to 🇳🇴

assumedly to make it more alluring?

@USverdrup, Director at Norwegian Institute of International Affairs @NUPInytt noted to the 🇳🇴 @Aftenposten daily:
“If you stand at the edge
you no longer seek the best solution”
Please consider this:

Did any Central & Eastern European country joining 🇪🇺 2004
1st knock @EFTAsecretariat's door
as their preferred ‘solution’ for #SingleMarket access?

#EFTA & the #EEA Agreement it administers
= a barren 🏜️ for #democracy

A truly grey Brussels #bureaucracy.
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The UK is still considering the Norway options. Why is Norway reluctant to UK joining the #EEA? Here is a thread (11 points) laying out some issues. Some of these concerns also applies to other #EFTA states @NickBoles @simonjhix @anandMenon1 @HusseinHKassim @nupinytt, @sletnes
1/11 The overall optics. The EEA has been a good platform for integration with the EU. N has benefited from integration. Some fear the UK might use it as platform for disintegration.
2/11 One voice. When new legal acts are added to the EEA Agreement, the EFTA states speaks with one voice. UK will therefore have a veto over Norway and vice versa. N and UK share interests in many areas, but disagree in some important areas. 8000 + legal acts have been added.
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1/ BREXIT MEGATHREAD: #EFTA #Chequers #ChequersPlan #eea #brexit
2/ We urge all of our supporters to RT and share this thread to all of your followers. Feel free to print any sections out and give them to people you think might read them.
3/ The UK must do all it can to avoid a damaging, jobs-destroying hard brexit:
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Recently several MPs have come out in favour of "🇳🇴Norway for Now" or "Norway then Canada🇨🇦"…
This is a welcome development. But MPs won't accept a customs union with the EU in perpetuity. So what's the answer? Well we have been thinking about this for a long time @AmberRuddHR @NickBoles and produced a report:
You can find it here:…
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1/ What can MPs do to stop a Hard Brexit?
2/ Parliamentary procedure isn't really our area (yet) but we are sure there are several actions that MPs and Peers could do to support a sensible EFTA-based solution for the UK 🇳🇴🇮🇸🇬🇧🇱🇮🇨🇭#brexit #efta
3/ such as set up an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) relating to efta. As far as we know there are APPGs on Switzerland, Iceland etc but not one on EFTA.
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Economic consequences of Brexit: some thoughts... #efta #brexit
1/ those who oppose brexit point to the economic risks of a Hard Brexit. We share those concerns and will do everything we can to avoid a Hard Brexit. However, some people say that *any* type of Brexit will be economically damaging.
2/ not surprising with articles such as these in the media that explicitly say that:…
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1/ What is our BLUEPRINT FOR BREXIT? #Brexit #efta #marr #Peston #bbcaq bbcsp #bbcqt #UKpolitics
2/ Its all laid out here, but it is a pretty long document in fairness:…
3/ Here is a simplified version. Part one:
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A quick thread about 'PROJECT FEAR'. #brexit [1]
2/ before the referendum, both sides undoubtedly exaggerated their positions and stretched the truth. I.E. Vote Leave said Turkey was imminently going to join the EU. While Turkey was/is an EU official accession state, it wasn't and isn't joining anytime soon.
3/ Likewise, remainers claimed there would be an emergency budget and Recession immediately after a vote to leave. Neither have transpired, but it would be false to say there hasn't been a negative effect on the UK economy.
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(1/7) If #EEA & #EFTA were the ‘worst of both worlds’ they’re often portrayed as, why would 4 successful countries stay in them, despite the opportunity to leave or join the EU? Some quick myth busting:
(2/7) 1. EFTA countries take only 20-30% of EU legislation, excluding most contentious areas like Common Agricultural Policy, and Justice & Home Affairs 2. EU legislation that EFTA does take on primarily concerns standardisation necessary for a single market.
(3/7) The vast majority of this legislation is written by expert bodies, not MEPs, which EFTA countries have just as much input into as EU countries. Similar to what would happen in a trade deal 3. EFTA countries pay less to the EU, and have more control of it.
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1/11 It now seems there are only two ways to interpret May’s #Brexit strategy.

The first is the Optimistic assumption that she still thinks (logically if not emotionally) ‘Remain’ was the only rational choice when Leave offered no coherent choice.
2/11 Her long forgotten but excellent speech on why she would vote Remain is still our best guide to that line of thinking.…
3/11 If so, we can take at face value her apparent aim to manoeuvre towards the softest #Brexit possible.

She will deliver a ‘political’ Brexit but not an ‘economic’ one.

Our loss of political influence is just the (heavy) price we have to pay.
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The #Mogglodytes plotting to oust the PM unless she bows to their demands need to face the reality that there is no Parliamentary majority for their disruptive, disastrous hard #Brexit…
Personally think it likely that the #Mogglodytes will try oust her anyway once she has done their bidding. PM should publish the evidence & clearly set out the case for alignment & a close relationship with EU in the National interest.
Better for PM to go down fighting the case for what is the best for the economy of all parts of the UK. The indecision is no longer acceptable
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