Blog: Could Brexit bring the UK CLOSER to EU27? How ‘personal relationships’ are being chased – Daily Express

According to Politico, he has contacted nearly all of them in person, over the phone or via Zoom.

Speaking to the publication, he championed personal communication with the bloc’s members.

Mr Hands said: “It’s not just about trade agreements. We also need those personal relationships in place.

“I used to sit on the EU trade and foreign affairs committee, and it struck me that we need to maintain those relationships bilaterally.

“You never know when you’ll need to have a conversation with the German trade minister.”

And his colleagues seem impressed, with one UK diplomat praising him as “extremely helpful”.

The former remainer, who refused to support Theresa May’s early Brexit deal, has indicated he will use his newfound close ties to “go into bat” for Britain – specifically when it comes to services.

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