Posted on Aug 20, 2019
In a shock announcement issued this afternoon (August 20th) the British government has announced that it is ceasing further negotiations with the EU on matters other than those "where the UK has a significant national interest in the outcome of discussions, such as on security".
Whilst the UK, as a Member State, is allowed representation at a variety of EU meetings, Her Majesty's Government has decided that it does not need such representation at all of these meetings, especially those concerning future of the EU after Britain has left.
“From now on we will only go to the meetings that really matter, reducing attendance by over half and saving hundreds of hours. This will free up time for Ministers and their officials to get on with preparing for our departure on October 31 and seizing the opportunities that lie ahead", said Secretary of State Steve Barclay.
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