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International Trade Secretary Liz Truss announced the deal was agreed in principle on Friday along with fellow European Economic Area members Iceland and Liechtenstein.
However, ahead of a summer recess, politicians in Oslo only have three weeks to debate and pass the legislation for the deal.
Emilie Enger Mehl, leader of the Centre Party in the Storting, Norway's parliament, said the deal would need to be scrutinised before being voted through.
The party said the deal could severely impact Norwegian farmers and agriculture with fears UK agriculture could be outcompeted by Norway.
She said: "The Centre Party fears that the government will try to rush through the agreement in the Storting and throw Norwegian farmers and industry under the bus to land it."
The politician said the Centre Party will “not vote for an agreement that destroys Norwegian food production and the food industry.”
Speaking to reporters in Oslo last night, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg hailed the new deal as “the biggest free trade agreement we’ve ever had.”
But Ms Solberg – a pro-European in a country that has twice rejected EU membership – noted nonetheless that “a free trade agreement will never be as good as the European Economic Area.”
Norway’s trade deal was announced yesterday (Image: Getty )
Liz Truss, International Trade Secretary announced the deal yesterday (Image: Getty)
With Brexit, Britain also quit the EEA as well as the EU, which allows for the free movement of people, goods, services and capital between the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
She added: “A free trade agreement means more bureaucracy and added costs for businesses and citizens, and is less dynamic than what we have in the EEA.
“The agreement doesn’t eliminate all the obstacles to trade either. Some are not resolved."
Ole Erik Almlid, CEO of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise, said ministers in the Solberg administration could "not take a vacation" until the deal was passed.
He added: "This is a crucial agreement for Norway. It is the most important agreement since the EEA agreement. This is our largest single country when it comes to trade."
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The UK Government has humiliated the SNP’s attempt to scupper the Australian trade deal, as trade minister Greg Hands schooled MP Patricia Gibson over her complaints.
The UK Government in Westminster has called out the SNP for “trying to have it both ways” after Nicola Sturgeon’s party continued their opposition to the UK-Australia trade deal.
In a clash in Parliament last week, UK trade minister Greg Hands schooled his SNP counterpart Patricia Gibson in the Commons.
Ms Gibson raised concerns among Scottish farmers that cheap imports of beef and lamb from Australia could see the demand for their home-grown produce dwindle.
Brexit has created “huge opportunities” for British firms in Asia, according to a leading businessman.
Timber tycoon David Yong is a self-made millionaire who owns more than 15 businesses employing 600 people in countries including Singapore, Cambodia, South Korea, and Myanmar.
The 34-year-old, whose companies raked in £42.5million in 2020, says the region provides "rich pickings" and "huge opportunities" for British firms keen to trade.
He told Express.co.uk: "Brexit has been seen as a great opportunity for many entrepreneurs and firms alike in Asia.
Brexit has created ‘huge opportunities’ for British firms in Asia, a leading businessman has said (Image: Getty Images)
Keir Starmer is being urged to publicly admit he was wrong about leaving the EU and build a vision around “make Brexit work”.
A shadow minister has told the Sunday Express that the embattled Labour leader and the party more widely need to do a "mea culpa" on Brexit and build a new vision on making it work.
The senior Labour MP told the Sunday Express: "In the end we need to embrace Brexit and work around a vision of 'make Brexit work' rather than the Tories' 'get Brexit done.'
"There are a lot of problems already emerging with Brexit and we can bring in groups like the CBI and trade unions to deliver a vision of Britain succeeding outside the EU and finding ways for it to succeed."
The UK Government has been shamed for securing “awful” terms for the UK fishing industry in the post-Brexit trade agreement with the European Union.
June Mummery, a former Brexit Party MEP, has unleashed a scathing attack on Boris Johnson’s Brexit negotiating team, describing the fishing terms outlined in the deal as the biggest failure of the agreement.
Ms Mummery outlined a lack of preparation and misinformation as contributing factors to the poor terms for Britain’s fishing industry.
Ms Mummery said: “They are never going to get anywhere.
June Mummery blasts ‘awful’ Brexit fishing deal (Image: Getty Images)
Remainers wrongly branding the EU as a “free trade area” have been silenced by Ukip’s founder.
Alan Sked slammed rampant europhiles for totally ignoring the EU's "protectionist" policies while presenting it as a free trade eutopia.
The professor at the London School of Economics, who founded Ukip in 1993, is a vocal critic of Brussels and has helped drive euroscepticism in the UK.
In response to recent claims by unapologetic Remainers, he tweeted: "I noticed some idiot referred to the EU as 'a free trade area on our doorstep'.
Egypt can be the “gateway” to an explosion of trade with Africa, the UK’s envoy to the country has declared.
Speaking to Express.co.uk DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson spoke of how Brexit had allowed the UK to re-establish itself on the world stage.
Highlighting the opportunities to promote Global Britain, he said Egypt’s geographical attributes made it an ideal place to increase links with.
“Our trade teams in Cairo are working very much on the basis that it is the gateway to North Africa and indeed down east Africa as well,” he told this website.
Liz Truss hails ‘gold standard’ Australia trade deal (Image: Getty Images)
Liz Truss has hailed the upcoming trade agreement with Australia, saying it will shape the next series of trade deals.
And, in a boost for the UK’s food and drink industry, the post-Brexit deal will aid popular cake brands – such as Mr Kipling.
The Trade Secretary has heaped praise on the forthcoming deal with Australia, which she says will help Britain bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic.
She also stressed that the Government was looking to significantly reduce the tariffs on UK imports to Australia.
Brexit has dealt a “massive blow” to the EU as London was crucial to its financial appeal, experts have said.
Brexit minister Lord David Frost urged the City of London last month to "get on and do its own thing" as a deal for equivalence with the EU looks out of reach.
UK financial firms lost their wide ranging access to EU markets when the Brexit transition period ended on December 31 and now have to navigate a patchwork of regulations from individual member states.
Former chancellor Lord Norman Lamont asked Lord Frost at a Lords committee meeting about progress on equivalence and added that "increasingly in the financial services sector people are not looking with great hope for equivalence".
Lord Frost said the EU was still mulling over documents of equivalence assessments sent by the UK almost a year ago.
Belfast: Protests against the Northern Ireland Protocol (Image: Getty Images)
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Moore Holmes, who was among the line-up of speakers in Portadown on Saturday, warned the protocol had led to Northern Ireland being effectively cut off from the rest of the UK.
He was scathing in his criticism of the Prime Minister and accused him of disrespecting the memory loyalist martyrs.
He tweeted: “Dear Boris Johnson. You betrayed the Union.
“You promised you would never allow a border in the Irish Sea.
“You swore it would only happen over your dead body, but when it mattered, you stepped over dead bodies, those Ulstermen and women who sacrificed their lives for this country.”
Mr Holmes added: “The message is loud and clear. The Protocol must go.”
Irish historian Ruth Dudley Edwards has accused the EU of using the Northern Ireland Protocol as a means to “terrify” member states into submission.
Writing in The Telegraph, she said the key part of the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement, which Unionists want to see scrapped, must go.
She said that “there is the perception of loyal British citizens that the protocol is being employed by Irish nationalists as a path to constitutional destruction, and by the Brussels establishment as a weapon of punishment so severe that it will terrify restive EU members into submission by convincing them that leaving the EU can lead only to disaster.”
Northern Ireland: Unionists march against Brexit arrangements
7.30pm update: Hundreds protest NI Protocol in Armagh
Hundreds of protesters hav taken to the streets of Portadown in County Armagh to demonstrate against the Northern Ireland Protocol, a key part of the UK’s Brexit agreement with the EU.
Loyalists gathered in the town centre to oppose what organisers said is “two-tier policing”.
Bands took part in the rally and a few speakers also addressed the crowd.
A number of people leading the march were wearing balaclavas, and many held anti-protocol signs and placards while others waved Union flags.
Police officers held a sign informing protesters they were taking part in an illegal protest and that they are liable to arrest.
Under Covid-19 guidelines, gatherings are limited to 500 people outside.
Unionists and loyalists who opposed the protocol say it created a “border in the Irish Sea”, distancing Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK.
Sinn Fein MLA John O’Dowd called on the PSNI to investigate the alleged breaches of parade legislation at Saturday’s event.
The Upper Bann MLA said: “Several hundred protesters gathered in Portadown town centre today.
“An unnotified band parade also took place, with the town centre basically closed down by the protest.
“While everyone has a right to peaceful protest there is an onus on everyone to act within the law.”
Michel Barnier is scrambling to help French fishermen after Brexit (Image: GETTY)
A source commented: "The EU pressed the reset button when it replaced the French Michel Barnier with Sefcovic from the traditionally more UK-friendly Slovakia.
“Maybe it is time the UK did the same thing to clear the air.”
Two other senior diplomatic sources blamed Lord Frost for politicising disagreements between Britain and the EU over the Protocol.
French fishermen are being supported by Michel Barnier (Image: GETTY)
Michel Barnier has visited French fishermen in order to provide reassurance as they face a crunch future due to Brexit.
During a visit to Brittany this weekend, the former EU chief negotiator also said the UK was showing “ill will” towards post-Brexit fishing rights in a direct threat to the UK Government.
Mr Barnier is touring several French regions ahead of crunch elections later this month and the Express understands the move to support French fishermen in relation to Brexit has the support of Paris.
3.06pm update: EU misses dealing with Gove on post-Brexit issues
Michael Gove is sorely missed by the EU, sources have said, as Eurocrats tire of dealing with David Frost on post-Brexit issues.
Lord Frost took over resposibility for talks with Brussels over the Northern Ireland Protocol in February.
Previously, Cabinet office minister Mr Gove had held the post.
Sources across the Channel have accused Lord Frost of stoking up Unionist anger over the Protocol.
One EU diplomat told The Telegraph: "Gove's professional, less emotional approach was the more logical one from where we sit.”
Norway is also an attractive location for tourists (Image: Getty)
The EU has claimed UK Brexit minister Lord David Frost is trying to "wash his hands" of the UK's Trade and Cooperation Agreement agreed on Christmas Eve.
Ahead of crunch negotiations on the Northern Ireland protocol next week, the EU also accused Mr Frost of "playing politics" with Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit trading arrangements.
The protocol was one of the main issues surrounding the UK’s departure from the EU and was agreed as part of the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
Britain could pull out of a flagship $100billion (£86billion) EU research programme Horizon Europe, unless Brussels improves UK access.
Government insiders have accused the EU of "purposely going slow" in approving British participation in Horizon Europe.
Tensions between the EU and UK have been building over trade and the controversial Northern Ireland protocol.
The Chancellor has hailed a “historic” decision by G7 countries to agree a global base rate of corporation tax and reforms to the tax system aimed at targeting online tech giants.
Following two days of talks in London with G7 finance ministers, including colleagues from the US and Germany, Rishi Sunak announced that they had signed up to having a corporation tax rate of “at least 15%”.
Changes will also be made to ensure major corporations, especially those with a strong online presence, will pay taxes in the countries where they operate and not only where they have headquarters.
Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg (Image: GETTY )
11:15am update: Brexit causing shortage of workers amid surge in demand
A lack of trained workers could slow down the UK’s recovery from the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, recruitment experts have warned.
New figures from auditing giant KPMG and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) showed that employers are in the market for both permanent and temporary staff.
But many are struggling to find the right people amid a spike in demand not seen for 23 years, the supply of staff is contracting at its fastest rate for four years.
The reduction is partly due to uncertainty lingering after the pandemic, and a fall in candidates from the European Union after Brexit.
EU attempts to corral Switzerland into close alignment with its single market have nothing to do with trade, and everything to do with the bloc’s obsession with bullying smaller countries, a Tory peer has claimed.
And Baron Moylan has said Brussels is behaving like "the worst sort of neighbour" in its dealings with both Bern and London – while accusing it of "sucking up" to both Russia and China.
Baron Moylan made his feelings plain after Switzerland pulled the plug on the deal, which would have bound Switzerland more closely to EU rules and regulations, last month.
Will Mellor and Ralf Little discuss travel arrangements since Brexit
Escalating levels of hostility towards Brussels among Britons have been underscored by the results of a survey suggesting almost 95 percent would now opt against buying goods from countries within the EU27 whenever possible.
Tory MPs David Jones and John Redwood have said the results prove UK consumers were ready to vote with their wallets to teach the bloc a lesson.
The online poll was carried out by the pro-Brexit think tank Facts4EU on its website between May 31 and noon today, with 1,412 people voting.
A Brexiteer has dismantled a claim made by EU chief Ursula von der Leyen that there was “no alternative” to the controversial trading terms in Northern Ireland.
Jamie Wells, a former Brexit Party MEP has argued there is an alternative to the current arrangements and insisted it was put in black-and-white by the bloc four years ago.
Mr Wells highlighted a report commissioned by the European Parliament in 2017 titled: 'Smart Border 2.0. Avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland for Customs control and the free movement of persons'.
8am update: Putin says trade between UK and Russia has grown since Brexit
Vladimir Putin has urged against interference in Russian-British relations after the head of MI6 described the nation as a “declining power” and criticised the Kremlin’s “reckless” behaviour.
The Russian President stressed on Friday evening that Richard Moore is “new” to the role as he suggested the spy chief would “revisit his assessments” of Moscow.
Mr Moore, who became MI6’s “C” in October, described Russia as an “objectively declining power economically and demographically” as he struck out against the Kremlin’s actions.
But speaking through a video link from St Petersburg, he said the UK and Russia had seen a growth in trade last year, adding: “So if you don’t try to interfere into this process then everything is going to be good.”
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