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‘EVERYONE wants a trade deal with Britain’ EU shamed over Icelandic minister claims

THE UK is one of the biggest economies and “everyone” will want to do a trade deal with Britain after it has left the European Union, a government minister from Iceland said.

The Icelandic Foreign Minister claimed that “everyone” will want to do a trade deal with the UK after it has left the European Union.Gudlauger Thor Thordarson, suggested that the UK could join the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) after Brexit, dubbed the Norway model.

Speaking to the Today programme, Mr Thordarson reiterated that the UK would be a popular destination for trade after Brexit.

He said: “EFTA, when talks of free trade, and I think it would strengthen EFTA to have cooperation with Britain.

Theresa May, Gudlauger Thor Thordarson, Mr JunckerGETTY•SKYNEWS

The Icelandic Foreign Minister claimed that ‘everyone’ wants to do a trade deal with the UK


“You’re the fifth largest economy in the world.

“Everyone wants to sell you goods and services it is as simple as that.”

The Icelandic Foreign Minister said that the country joined EFTA simply for free trade benefits and the UK could join Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland in the association.

Mr Thordarson reiterated that free trade did not need to end because Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Everyone wants to sell you goods and services it is as simple as that

Gudlauger Thor Thordarson

“Honestly, I just think it is important they [the UK and EU] finds a solution as soon as possible,” he added.“It’s very important that we will not see any technical or trade restriction now in Europe.

“That would be a step backwards and everyone would lose from that. Everyone would lose.

“[Free trade] can be done without being a member of the EU, that is for sure.”

The European Union has reiterated that the UK can not “cherry pick” the benefits of the bloc and leave the EU at the same time.

David Davis criticised the EU on The Andrew Marr Show as he accused Brussels of focusing on money and refusing to talk about the future relationship between the EU and UK.The EU’s chief negotiator has argued that the future relationship will not be discussed until significant progress has been made over the issue of the Irish border, EU citizens living in the UK and Brits living on the continent, and the divorce bill.

Mr Davis said: “They have set this up, they are trying to play time to put the pressure on us for money.

“They want it rushed through, but we are going through it line by line, so they keep complaining.

“They are finding it difficult because we have very good lawyers. We are doing it in a very pragmatic, very British way.”

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