'Stay in the dark, leave work early and no wine': Eurocrats advised not to drink during Brexit negotiations due to heat

Helena Horton
David Davis is in Brussels to negotiate the terms of Brexit with the EU - AP/AFP

While many meetings in Brussels are accompanied with fine wine, it appears the Brexit negotiations may be a very dry affair.

Eurocrats have been advised to stay sober during the talks because of the heatwave.

It also appears David Davis will be conducting talks with Michel Barnier, the EU chief negotiator in the dark, as staff have been told to switch off all the lights.

His talks may also finish early, as EU staff have been told they can leave work at 4pm if the weather is too warm.

EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier, right, and British Secretary of State David Davis make statements as they arrive at EU headquarters in Brussels Credit: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

A memo sent to staff just before midday advises them to ditch suits, avoid drinking, sit in the dark and leave work early.

Whether David Davis will be seen in casual attire sipping on an orange juice remains to be seen.

Officials at the EU’s Committee of the Regions were told:

  • “No suits and ties where possible”
  • “You are advised not to drink alcohol”
  • “Switch off the lights”

Staff were also told that they may get to leave work at the early time of 4pm if temperatures exceed 30 degrees celcius.

This seems very likely; temperatures in Brussels are forecast to reach of 31° C from 2pm onwards.

Mr Davis will kick off historic Brexit talks today after he was floated as a potential unity candidate to lead the Conservative Party by allies of Mr Johnson.

The Brexit Secretary has vowed to deliver a “deal like no other in history” ahead of a meeting with the European Commission’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

The first day of discussions will focus on the status of expats, the UK's "divorce bill" and the Northern Ireland border while British officials will also push for an agreement on trade relations to be dealt with alongside a deal on the withdrawal process.

The talks come after Germany hinted it would be willing to make concessions over the influence of EU judges and single market access in return for a compromise on freedom of movement in a sign that the UK could be offered a so-called soft Brexit.

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