Squaring the Circle on Brexit

In the Squaring the Circle on Brexit, John Erik Fossum and Hans Petter Graver assess to what extent the Norwegian model is transferable to the case of the UK.

About the book

This important book provides the first systematic assessment of the so-called Norway Model, suggested as an off-the-shelf option for the UK to ‘square the circle’ after Brexit.

Two preeminent Norwegian scholars of politics and law offer a comprehensive first-hand account of Norway’s relationship with the EU and how this affects the country’s legal and political system, setting out what Britain can learn from Norway’s experience and how transferable these lessons are.

Their analysis also explores what impact the UK’s presence is likely to have on existing members of the European Economic Area (EEA) discussing both the opportunities and the challenges. The book will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in the future of the UK’s relationship with Europe.


  • Introduction
  • What does Britain want from Brexit?
  • Forms of affiliation with non-members
  • What is the Norway Model?
  • The challenge of sovereignty
  • What can Britain learn from Norway’s experience?
  • Would Britain be an ‘elephant in the boat’?
  • Conclusion

Full info

John Erik Fossum and Hans Petter Graver
Squaring the Circle on Brexit. Could the Norway Model Work?

Policy Press, 2018
ISBN: 978-1529200300

Published June 20, 2018 9:53 AM - Last modified Apr. 21, 2022 2:24 PM