As Brexit looms, Britain’s policy influence in the EU is waning fast | David Brindle

While other countries see value in swapping ideas and best practice on social policy, the UK is already Brexiting European-wide dialogue and thinking

The conference language will be English, but few native speakers will be present when European leaders meet civil society, business and trade union representatives in Gothenburg, Sweden, this week to discuss equal opportunities in the global economy. The UK is already Brexiting EU-wide thinking and dialogue.

The Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth is the kind of EU talking shop that Brexit supporters love to hate. That it will be co-hosted by one of their arch foes, European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, would reinforce their prejudice. But other countries find great value in such opportunities to debate common challenges and swap ideas and proven solutions.

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