Deputy Heads of Mission’s meeting with guest speaker the Rt. Hon. Hilary Benn, MP

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Mar 15, 2017

The Maltese EU Presidency organised a working breakfast at the Travellers Club, Pall Mall, this morning with guest speaker the Rt. Hon. Hilary Benn, MP, the former Shadow Foreign Secretary and currently the Chairman of the House of Commons Select Committee on the Exiting of the EU. The Deputy Heads of the 26 EU Missions in London attended the meeting.

After introducing the guest speaker, Mr Mario Buttigieg, the Deputy High Commissioner provided the background for the discussion by referring to the various developments relating to Brexit that occurred over the past 24 hours, including the vote at the House of Commons and the immediate approval by the House of Lords. Mr Benn provided his thoughts on the current situation. He said that the timing for this working lunch was impeccable and that the House of Lords cleared the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) bill before this morning’s intervention by Mr Hilary Benn. Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to trigger Article 50 during the last week of March.