Writing for EFTA4UK, the former President of the EFTA Court warns the UK to avoid the hubris of Icarus (and Switzerland).
Campaigning for the UK to rejoin EFTA for a better Brexit
What is EFTA?
EFTA is the ‘European Free Trade Association’ which the UK helped establish in 1960
EFTA was founded by the Stockholm Convention in 1960. Relations with the EEC, later the European Community (EC) and the European Union (EU), have been at the core of EFTA activities from the beginning. Since the beginning of the 1990s, EFTA has actively pursued trade relations with third countries in and beyond Europe. Read more about EFTA through the years.
The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is the intergovernmental organisation of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. It was set up in 1960 by its then seven Member States (including the United Kingdom) for the promotion of free trade and economic integration between its members. The four EFTA States are all open, competitive economies committed to the progressive liberalization of trade in the multinational arena as well as in free trade agreements.
- Maintaining and developing the EFTA Convention, which regulates economic relations between the four EFTA States;
- Managing the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement), which brings together the Member States of the European Union and three of the EFTA States – Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – in a single market, also referred to as the “Internal Market”.
- Developing EFTA’s worldwide network of free trade agreements.
EFTA4UK began in 2015 as one of the original campaigns for a Brexit referendum. The purpose of our campaign is to secure a type of Brexit that works for all, and more closely resembles the promises made to voters before the EU referendum by promoting EFTA and the EEA options as a moderate alternative to EU membership.
Since our relaunch in September 2020, we have secured the support of Brexiteers who had expected Brexit to be an orderly process as well as former Remain campaigners who accept the political reality we find ourselves in.
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EFTA is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2020. Mark Burrows reports on the recent webinar.
As reality bites, the cacophony of calls for a sensible UK-EU trading relationship may reach fever pitch.
As a Remainer the EU felt like a safe haven and a shelter, it represented hope in a volatile world. Leave felt like an act of self-harm. As a Leaver the EU looked indifferent, unrelenting and opaque.
overseen by our core management team.
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A writer and commentator across several widely read publications including the Telegraph and Reaction Life, Ben was a prominent campaigner for the ‘Liberal Leave’ EFTA/EEA Brexit model in the run-up to the 2016 EU referendum.
With a background in international trade consultancy and political development in the UK and Asia, Patrick is a Public Affairs consultant and lobbyist, and former National Organiser of Conservatives For A People’s Vote.
A management consultant, former think tank researcher and lobbyist for small business organisations and successful campaigns featured in Public Affairs Magazine; Martin has produced extensive research on trade issues for the Conservative Group for Europe.
A businessman, video production specialist, and international filmmaker, James’ business was one of the Brexit-backing companies listed in the Telegraph in 2016. He later became an active voice of the RemainerNow group (until December 2019).
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To make this happen, we need your help. £60,175 will allow us to run a full-time campaign, including parliamentary and constituency lobbying of MPs, professional media engagement, events bringing policymakers together with experts to the end of this year. The proceeds will be used to fund 2 FT and 2 PT roles to deliver the campaign objectives as well as finance of campaign materials, incl. website, video production, digital advertising and other expenses.
It is time for a more nuanced approach that represent the views of the silent majority who are sick of Brexit and crave a pragmatic resolution that puts an end to all the division. For the past few months, the team has been working hard to prepare for the relaunch of EFTA4UK, using our own resources. Now we are ready for roll-out. Please help us make this happen by donating to this campaign.
Campaigns Director, EFTA4UK
Find out more about EFTA and the EEA.
For more information about the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) please visit the official EFTA website.
EFTA & the Single Market
Three EFTA member states and 27 EU states together make up the European Economic Area. Click here to find out more.
EFTA, EEA & Brexit
EFTA has published a FAQ section on its website, answering a number of questions concerning possible UK membership.