The British government set up new plans on Tuesday, August 13th that include pulling diplomats from the EU’s institutional structures of power in Brussels within days.
In what seems in line with a previous statement made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the UK will no longer have its representatives take part in the day-to-day meetings where the EU’s decision-making is discussed.
British newspaper The Guardian analysed the move as an attempt to reinforce the message that the UK is leaving the EU by October 31st, “do or die”.
The decision should come as no surprise, as Johnson declared in his very first statement in the House of Commons that he would “unshackle” British diplomacy from EU affairs.
Critics warn that the absence of British diplomats in the meetings means the UK could be left blindsided by decisions made by the EU that it could otherwise have seen coming.
The Guardian further clarified that these EU working group meetings, which British diplomats are expected to attend alongside the other 27 member states, will deal with issues on security, the pan-European response to any future crises involving civilians, foreign affairs and the protection of consumers interests.