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.

British PM Theresa May (lef) and Norwegian PM Erna Solberg agreed to safeguard the rights of citizens from the other country living in their country. Photo: Stortinget

During British Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to Norway October 2017, 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.”