News of an agreement between Norway and the UK even without a Brexit-deal with EU, come as a great relief for Norwegians living in the UK and Britons living in Norway.
During British Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to Norway last week, she and Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, agreed that British citizens already living in Norway and Norwegian citizens living in Britain will have the right to remain residents, even in case of a no-deal Brexit, Reuters reported.
Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ine Eriksen Søreide, said to Stortinget (parliament) on Thursday Nov 8, that:
“[PMs May and Solberg] confirm that Norway and UK will ensure arrangements to safeguard Norwegian and British citizens who today live in our countries. This applies even if there will not be an agreement between the EU and UK.”
Norwegians Worldwide has spoken to Communications Adviser Ane Haavardsdatter Lunde in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) who elaborated on the matter:
“When British Prime Minister Theresa May visited Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Oslo last week, the two confirmed that Britons and Norwegians who today live in Norway and UK will not have to leave the country they live in, even if UK might leave the EU without a deal. They also agreed that if such a situation occurs, that UK leaves the EU without a deal, Norway and the UK will put in place arrangements between our two countries that will safeguard our citizens’ interests. This is now being followed up with dialogues on how such arrangements could be designed.”
Lunde also said that from the Norwegian side, they expect it to be most likely that UK and the EU will reach an agreement:
“In that case, Norway is, along with the other EEA/EFTA countries Iceland and Liechtenstein, in agreement with the UK that we will make a deal reflecting the consensus that EU and UK will have reached with regards to the citizens who today have rights because they are EU/EEA members.”
As far as Norwegians Worldwide can tell, there is no actual deal yet, but an understanding on both parts to safeguard the rights of each country’s citizens living in the other country.