United Kingdom to 'unshackle' officials from most European Union meetings ahead of Brexit

Andrew Cummings
August 21, 2019

But Johnson said he will continue to attend meetings in which the UK's vital interests are at stake, such as those about security, sovereignty and worldwide relations.

"This is the first time the industry is learning of any threat to fuel supplies - a particularly worrying situation, as this would affect the movement of goods across the country, not just to and from Europe, and could put jobs at risk throughout the sector which keeps Britain trading", a spokeswoman said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who came to power almost a month ago, has promised to take Britain out of the European Union on October 31 with or without a divorce deal with Brussels. Although it is reported that Priti Patel is now in the process of making preparations for a system to be in place before 31 October 2019, we do not anticipate that this system will be running effectively.

The Home Office said there would be no change to planned rules for EU citizens and their families already living in Britain by the end of October, who would still have until at least the end of December 2020 to apply to Britain's EU Settlement Scheme.

Johnson has stated he favours a skills-based immigration system post-Brexit, however Downing Avenue is but to unveil full particulars. So far, however, only about one million have acquired such status.

"I live near the beach and I thought it would be nice on October 31 to go to the beach and ... look over the ocean to the horizon where Great Britain is and then wave at the Brits and say farewell to good friends of ours", Toekook said in a telephone interview.

"It hollows out the Prime Minister's unequivocal guarantee to European Union citizens he has given only three weeks ago".

The plan has gotten a mixed reception in the United Kingdom, with some negative reactions in newspaper comments sections, according to the Associated Press, but Toekook said "a lot of Brits understand the tongue-and-cheek humour behind it all and they're pretty positive". Yet announcing that the existing arrangements may end before a replacement has been designed, delivered or tested will only cause confusion.

"Taking time to prepare a new system will help protect the UK's attractiveness".

Labour MP Yvette Cooper, chairwoman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, said the panel had warned months ago that the Home Office "needed a proper plan or they would end up with a repeat of the Windrush scandal".

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