LeaveHQ, 03/11/2015  

Norway has no influence in the EU apparently. Well, so what if it doesn't? Australia doesn't either. Yet Australia has a free trade agreement with the EU along with a mutual recognition agreement for standards and regulations. There's a good reason for that. Australia obeys the same rules because the EU doesn't make the rules.

A recent EFTA report shows that more than 90 percent of the laws of the single market include policy areas covered by UN or other global bodies. Norway has more influence in drafting laws originating from these sources than Britain, which often has to accept the "common position" agreed within the EU without the right of veto.

Much of modern law is made at an international level, along with trading rules. They are made by UNECE, Codex Alimentarius, WTO, ILO, IMO, UNEP and a whole host of bodies few have ever heard of, where the EU takes our seat and negotiates on our behalf. Norway is fully engaged in the process before it gets anywhere near the EU. They are at the top tables with full rights of veto.

While the BBC will pick the most europhile Norwegian (ex) minister they can find to interview with regard to Norwegian influence, they have yet to ask Anne Tvinnereim, a serving Norwegian minister, who flatly denies the assertion
that Norway has no influence.

Leaving the EU does not mean leaving the single market, and as a strong player in the EEA and EFTA we are then free to choose. We can cooperate with the EU or choose alliances with other countries or trade coalitions depending on the occasion. Nothing has to be set in stone anymore.

Leaving the EU doesn't mean we lose workers rights or human rights. We would still be a key influence in the International Labour Organisation (where EU labour laws come from) and Britain has always been at the very forefront of human rights in the modern era. Those who say we would lose our rights outside the EU gravely insult our long standing history of leading the world in the field of human rights. We shouldn't settle for being a second rate influence. We should be making ourselves heard at the top tables again, dealing direct instead of waiting on the EU middleman.

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