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What Norway really thinks of the relationship it has with the EU that some see as a model for Brexit Britain

More than two decades ago, Norway was divided by a rancorous referendum that mirrored the Brexit vote: 52 per cent rejected membership of the European Union, while 48 per cent were in favour.

Businesses, political parties and even families were split into two camps: those who dreaded being ruled by Brussels and those eager to be part of western Europe’s post-Cold War success story.

“We decided on a national compromise that was both sides’ plan B,” Espen Barth Eide, a Norwegian Labour MP and former foreign minister, told the Telegraph.

“At the time, everyone on the [pro-EU] Yes side said it was better than nothing, while the No side said it was better than full membership.”

That compromise was…

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