Free trade body sounded out by Salmond over special Europe deal

An Efta spokesman confirmed that talks had taken place involving Mr Salmond — an MP with no role in the Scottish governmentGetty Images

Alex Salmond has held talks about the UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU with officials from the European Free Trade Association.

The former first minister travelled to the trade organisation’s headquarters in Geneva days after Nicola Sturgeon admitted that she was considering proposing a “Norway-style” relationship between Scotland and Brussels if the UK quit the single market.

Membership of Efta allows Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein to be part of the European Economic Area (EEA), meaning they have full access to the single market, make a financial contribution to the EU and accept rules such as allowing free movement of people.

An Efta spokesman confirmed that talks had taken place involving Mr Salmond — an MP with no role in the Scottish government — but downplayed their significance,…

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