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British officials will stop attending daily meetings involved in the bloc’s decision making to reinforce the warning the UK will leave the European Union on October 31. During his first statement in the House of Commons as Prime Minister on July 25, Boris Johnson vowed to “unshackle” British diplomacy from EU affairs as Brexitday looms. The latest stern move to put distance between the UK and Brussels is said to be in line with that, The Guardian has reported.
British diplomats had been expected to take their seats alongside remaining EU27 counterparts at upcoming EU working group meetings overseeing issues on security, the joint response to any future crises involving civilians, foreign affairs and the protection of consumer interests.
There are some 150 diplomats part of the UK’s permanent representation in Brussels during the drafting of EU positions and regulations.
It is not yet clear to what extent the UK’s withdrawal from EU structures will be before the Brexit deadline at the end of October, such as whether ministers would simply fail to show upper meetings over the next two-and-a-half months.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is scheduled to attend a meeting of his EU counterparts in Helsinki at the end of this month.
British officials will stop attending daily meetings involved in the bloc’s decision making to reinforce the warning the UK will leave the European Union on October 31.
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