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30 August 2017

Britain’s 100 Brexit civil servants arrive in Brussels a day late because they didn’t want to miss Bank Holiday

BRITAIN’S army of 100 Brexit officials arrived in Brussels a day later than planned – because they didn’t want to miss the Bank Holiday.

The crucial third round of negotiations were officially started on Monday – but it was just the one meeting between David Davis and Michel Barnier that took place – and they only met at 5pm.

EPA

Britain’s Brexit civil servants arrived in Brussels a day late as they didn’t want to miss out on the Bank Holiday[/caption]

The crucial meetings of the civil servants in charge of the detailed negotiations were pushed back to 11.30 yesterday morning.

But faced with the deepening deadlock that has emerged in the talks, a UK Government source close to the negotiations said the army of British mandarins would now be prepared to return to Brussels next week to “step up the pace” of negotiations.

And he said the 55 hours of meetings over the next two days “shows the serious amount of effort going into discussions this week”.

But the Lib Dems said the lack of progress made so far was turning the Brexit negotiations into a national emergency and blasted the Brexit department for not ordering its officials to work on the Bank Holiday.

Lib Dem Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake fumed: “Our emergency services work round the clock serving the country, including on bank holidays.

“Why can’t civil servants in the Brexit department do the same? Time is running out to break this deadlock and get a good deal for Britain.

“Ministers need to pull their finger out and start taking these talks seriously.”

Reuters

David Davis and Michel Barnier have recently started the third round of crucial Brexit negotiations[/caption]


David Davis insists trade deal will be on the table during this week's Brexit talks
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