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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Agreement between the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway on an EEA Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 - Increase in Norwegian duties on agricultural products/recent negotiations on the fish trade protocol
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  John Stuart Agnew, on behalf of the EFDD Group. – Mr President, I am giving a speech on behalf of my colleague, William Dartmouth, who has had to return to the UK. I see I am not the only person engaged in substitution, as my old friend the Agriculture Commissioner is here substituting for another Commissioner, so I am setting a trend.

In the UK, the Remain camp are obsessed with access to the single market. This is significant because this report talks about the entry fee that Norway must pay for such access. Clegg, Blair, Mandelson and other Europhiles tell us that the single market is so important that any price is worth paying to get into it. So what happens in Norway? They have been the lucky recipients of 12 000 directives and regulations. Some of these are exceeding the authority of the original agreement. A recent 56-page report by Nei til EU has found that the cost to Norway of this agreement has risen tenfold since 1992. It now costs them GBP 650 million a year for their five million people. In Norway, the polling company Sentio has found that 47% of Norwegians want a referendum on this agreement against 20% who do not. If Norway is having misgivings, Clegg and company should forget all about saddling the British with a bill that could approach GBP eight billion a year.

 
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