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My mad first week in Brussels as a Brexit Party MEP

John Longworth is former Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce
John Longworth is former Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce Credit:  Paul Grover

Eurospeak, pointless bureaucracy and an unceasing gravy train; Brussels has exceeded expectation

I’m no stranger to Brussels, having been a regular visitor over a 40-year career in business. But I’ve just been back, and this time into the belly of the beast: I was being inducted as one of the new Brexit Party MEPs.

My trip began, quite literally, on the “gravy train”. I have never travelled in Eurostar first class before, but we were instructed that it is de rigeur to take the most expensive means of transport lest we let the side down. The EU seems to insist on this, even if it means a ridiculously circuitous route.

Not much cheer, though, when I arrived. Brussels was coming to life following...

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