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The Last Post: what is life like for British officials still in the EU institutions?

Many face a choice of giving up their British passport or, potentially, jeopardising their careers

By Matthew Bevington  

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On the evening of 31st January 2020, thousands gathered in Parliament Square to noisily celebrate the moment when the UK finally—after almost three years—left the EU. Two days earlier, on the other side of the Channel, MEPs had gathered in the European Parliament chamber to bid farewell to the UK with a rendition of “Auld Lang Syne,” before pressing on with its usual legislative scrutiny the next day.

The nature of the UK’s relationship with the EU was always bizarre. On one…

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