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8/20/2019, 5:10 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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UK to skip most EU meetings from September

The United Kingdom's officials will stop participating in the majority of European Union meetings from September 1, the country's government announced on Tuesday.

In a statement released by the UK's Department for Exiting the EU, it said that British officials would stop attending "most" meetings from September in order to focus on the country's future relationship with the EU and "other partners around the world." It added that officials would only attend meetings where the UK has a "significant national interest" in the outcome of discussions, such as on security. The statement clarified that decisions on which meetings to attend would be made on a case-by-case basis depending on the agendas in question.

The announcement comes after outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk said earlier in the day that proposals to omit the Irish backstop from the UK's withdrawal agreement were tantamount to calls for a hard border on the island of Ireland. The European Commission also stated that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to offer a viable alternative to the Irish backstop after requesting its removal from the existing deal.

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