Pulling out of EU meetings is a reckless PR stunt that will backfire on Britain | Chris Davies | Opinion | The Guardian

If we are to have any influence over issues such as the climate crisis, we must reach out to Brussels – not turn our backs

News that the British government is planning to withdraw from participation in EU meetings in the coming days is another ruse by Dominic Cummings and Boris Johnson to “send a message to Europe” that the UK is leaving with or without a deal. Pulling out from day-to-day EU business in this way only serves to further diminish what remains of British influence. But such a reckless PR stunt will have minimal impact on the Brexit outcome. Brussels negotiators are waiting instead to see if members of the UK parliament can get their act together and stop a no-deal exit in September.

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