Norway minister's EU exit warning
Sunday, 23 December 2012 05:59
Norway minister's EU exit warningMr Eide said Norway had 'limited scope for influence' in EU decision-making

Norway's foreign minister has urged the UK to assess the advantages of staying in the European Union, rather than consider leaving.

Norway is not an EU member but has access to the single market. UK euro-sceptics use it as a model for how the UK could relate to the EU from outside.

But Foreign Minister Espen Eide said Oslo had "limited scope for influence".

"We are not at the table when decisions are made," he told Radio 4's The World This Weekend.

Mr Eide is pro-EU, though Norwegian voters have twice rejected the chance to join the EU in referendums in 1972 and 1994.

Prime Minister David Cameron has consistently said he supports Britain's continued membership.

He has hinted, however, at a possible referendum to allow the British people the opportunity to give their "fresh consent" on the issue.

Mr Cameron is expected to give a much delayed speech on Europe early in the new year.

The World This Weekend will be broadcast on Radio 4 at 13:00 GMT.

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