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Parliamentary questions
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17 April 2019
E-001930-19
Question for written answer E-001930-19
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Rupert Matthews (ECR)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Delegations in third countries and post-Brexit trade
 Answer in writing 

A source working with the European External Action Service (EEAS) has indicated to my office, on whistleblower terms, that they have seen documents of concern.

These reportedly refer to instructions being given by officials at a very senior level in Brussels (whom it would at this stage be odious to name) to delegations in third countries, for them to proactively hamper negotiations between the UK and those countries in relation to (i) generating a free trade deal post-Brexit and (ii) more generally cooperating.

This is expressly done in order to weaken the negotiating hand of the UK in the Brexit negotiations. Can the VP/HR confirm that no such instructions or encouragement have been relayed either by desks falling under her supervision, or sourced from the office of colleagues and officials, with particular reference to the team of the Commission’s Secretary-General?

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