Cameron Argues Against U.K. Having Norway-Style EU Relationship

  • Prime Minister says Norway misses out without seat at EU table
  • Cameron flying to Iceland to meet Northern European leaders

Prime Minister David Cameron said the U.K. would be unwise to copy Norway’s relationship with the European Union.

“Some people arguing for Britain to leave the EU have particularly pointed to the position of Norway, saying that it’s a good outcome,” Cameron told Parliament during his weekly questions session on Wednesday. “I would guide very strongly against that. They pay as much per head as we do. They take more refugees than we do. But of course they have no seat at the table, no ability to negotiate.”

Cameron flies to Iceland later on Wednesday to meet fellow leaders from Nordic and Baltic countries. The prime minister is trying to negotiate better EU membership terms for Britain before a stay-or-leave referendum he’s promised by the end of 2017.

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