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If the UK joins the EEA but leaves the EU, I understand it will have free trade with the EU via EFTA. What about trade with all the non-EU countries? I understand that the UK would not benefit from the existing EU trade deals with other countries. Will it default to WTO terms until it negotiates bilateral deals with each one in turn? Does Norway, for example, have a huge list of bilateral trade deals with all the world's non-EU countries?

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    Some discussion currently in the UK is about a “Norway plus” model, which would combine EEA membership with a customs union with the EU – chirlu Dec 8 '18 at 22:24
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    Norway’s list of free trade agreements: regjeringen.no/no/tema/naringsliv/handel/nfd---innsiktsartikler/… It appears all of them are shared with the other EFTA members (though Switzerland has additional agreements with Japan and China). – chirlu Dec 8 '18 at 22:35
  • So maybe the UK would automatically benefit from the existing EFTA trade deals? – Anush Dec 9 '18 at 14:08

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