Theresa May has again rejected a Norway-style deal with the EU after Brexit.
The move comes after some Tories suggested a temporary “Norway for now” option to soften EU withdrawal.
Norway is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) and has full access to the single market in exchange for making financial contributions and accepting free movement of people.
The existing relationship that Norway has with the EU is one that has elements that don’t, wouldn’t, deliver on that vote of the British peopleTheresa May
Speaking during a visit to Oslo, Mrs May said following Norway’s example would not bring the outcome people voted for in the EU referendum.
She said: “The existing relationship that Norway has with the EU is one that has elements that don’t, wouldn’t, deliver on that vote of the British people.”
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said some EEA members would find a temporary UK membership of the bloc “a little bit difficult”.
Mrs May said she wanted a “good” agreement with the EU that took in economic activity and security.
Labour MP David Lammy, a supporter of the Best for Britain campaign for a second referendum, said: “The Norwegian Prime Minister is even pushing back on Britain being accepted into a club of rule-takers.
“This is yet more embarrassment for our country, which has for so long been a leading decision-maker in the EU.
“This farce has very real consequences for communities up and down our country.
“That’s why the public need the final say on Brexit, with the option to end this shambles and stay in the EU.”