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Our First Minister seems to have had a nice little jaunt to Norway to see how they cope with being outside the EU but inside the Single Market. A small oil-rich country on the fringes of the EU sounds almost similar to Wales – apart from the ‘oil-rich’ bit, which is pretty central to Norway’s economic success and is economically more important than any apparent similarities. Oh, and the bulk of their exports to the EU consist of oil and gas delivered through pipelines rather than goods which need to be physically checked to ascertain their true origin.
John Dixon writes: Over the past year, I have posted on the forthcoming referendum on membership of the EU; or, on my concern that reducing it to a simple question of economics, rather than one of the type of future we want to see, plays into the hands of those who want the UK leave the EU.
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John Dixon writes. There was an interesting last week by a Cardiff academic arguing that, in political terms, Wales is becoming more similar to the British mainstream.