REVEALED: Belgium makes shock move that shows how worried EU leaders are about Brexit

27 Oct

National authorities in Brussels have asked for an increase in the budget of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) which helps laid off workers cope with financial difficulties. 

They also want to significantly “broaden the scope” of the programme amid fears that the divorce talks could crash and burn causing significant damage to the European economy. 

Britain is Belgium’s fourth largest trading partner in the world, behind only France and Germany, buying 8.8 per per cent of all the goods and services it exports at a value of £26.5 billion a year. 

The country’s major ports, such as Zeebrugge, are also a significant gateway for goods between the UK and the rest of the world and stand to lose a huge chunk of their business in the event of no-deal. 

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