MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Norway is keen to maintain dialogue and good relations with the United Kingdom after Brexit, as Britain is working out its relations with the European Union after its decision to leave the bloc, a senior member of the Norwegian Progress Party told Sputnik on Wednesday.
"Norway has, and has had a good relationship with the United Kingdom. It is important that we maintain this sound relationship after Brexit. It is however for Britain to decide on their future connection with Europe. We follow this work with great interest, and will always be open to dialogue," Harald Nesvik, the parliamentary leader of the Progress Party that rules in coalition with the Conservative Party, said.
The lawmaker's comments come on the heels of Norwegian European Affairs Minister Elisabeth Vik Aspaker's statement that it is not necessarily in Oslo's interest that Britain should join the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which includes non-EU members Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
One of the major concerns for Norway in this case is that it may need to renegotiate dozens of trade agreements it has with non-EU countries in case the United Kingdom joins the group.
The United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the bloc on June 23, with almost 52 percent of the voters supporting Brexit.