Stoltenberg open to two EU referendums

Jens Stoltenberg, leader of the Labor party, stated that he is willing to consider two EU referendums as this may assist with the EU problem for a center and left government.

Stoltenberg said to the Norwegian paper Dagsavisen that he will consider the same solutions that the soon-to-be leader of the Conservative party, Erna Solberg; one referendum regarding whether or not Norway should apply for the European Union again, and one regarding the negotiation result.

The Christian Democrats have two EU referendums listed on their party program, and the Liberal party is positive. If the Bondevik government decides on a procedure, the parties against membership are willing to accept an EU application since it was decided by a referendum. The Progress party will contribute to a majority for the proposal of two referendums at Stortinget.

The Labor party’s Europautvalg, headed by Bjarne Håkon Hansen, is still standing behind the idea that a new EU battle should be decided by one referendum, as the case was in both 1972 and 1994. However, Stoltenberg still said that he thinks the proposal of two referendums should be considered carefully.

Åslaug Haga, head of the Agricultural party, characterizes the proposal of two referendums as tactical trickery. Kristin Halvorsen, head of the Socialist Left party, stated that she also is sceptical to the proposal.

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