There is no need for a new EU debate in Norway, said FrP leader Sylvi Listhaug in her national assembly speech. Discussion on EU membership has become a tabloid issue for the Right.

The EU issue is still a hot potato in Norwegian politics, even after two referendums there is no result.

It is the Conservative Party that has made the EU a flagship issue, the party wants Norway to once again get an application for membership on the table. See the case below.

But former and possible future government partner FrP does not share this EU enthusiasm, NTB reports.

FrP leader Sylvi Listhaug pointed out in her national assembly speech on Friday that the question has been clarified in two previous referendums. She addressed the statement directly to Erna Solberg’s party:

And no, Høyre: There is no need for a new EU debate in Norway. There is a need for Norwegian politicians to solve the people’s problems, said Listhaug.

But so far, EU support is rather lukewarm among the population. Admittedly, the proportion of supporters has increased somewhat, but the no majority is very clear. Document recently referred to a recent survey and wrote, among other things:

There is still a stable majority of 56 percent against Norwegian membership in the EU. The proportion who say yes, however, increased to 33 per cent – from 27 per cent in the previous survey.

There is no obvious enthusiasm for the EU in other parties either. Of the parties in the Storting, only Venstre and MDG (!) want new membership negotiations with the EU.

Together, the two parties represent 7–8 percent of the electorate, according to an average of later opinion polls.

The Conservative Party will likely have problems putting together an EU-friendly government, if a bourgeois unity government is required after the election in 2025. A yes-majority in the Storting does not seem likely at first.

For the Conservative Party, the EU issue appears to be a political profiling issue for the party, as an attraction to the fairly significant proportion of EU supporters within the electorate.

Even within the Conservative Party there are many people who believe that there is no likelihood of Norwegian membership in the foreseeable future.

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