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Post-Brexit UK frozen out of renewable energy group

The European Commission wants to kick the United Kingdom out of a grouping of countries cooperating on North Sea renewable energy | Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images

Post-Brexit UK frozen out of renewable energy group

‘The UK can no longer be invited to meetings,’ the Commission wrote.

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1/30/20, 5:27 PM CET

Updated 1/31/20, 3:03 PM CET

As Brexit approaches, the U.K. is already being cut out of EU-led clubs.

The European Commission wants to kick the United Kingdom out of a grouping of countries cooperating on North Sea renewable energy — a body that includes non-EU member Norway. Several member countries want the Brits to stay.

The North Sea Energy Cooperation platform, set up in 2016, brings together Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the U.K. to discuss how to develop offshore wind farms and grid infrastructure in the North Sea.

In an email dated January 13 and obtained by POLITICO, Sue Harrison, in charge of European energy markets at the U.K.’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, asked for clarification about her country’s role in the grouping after Brexit.

“I would of course like to attend,” Harrison wrote of a February 3 meeting of one the organization’s subgroups. But “it is not clear to me what impact that [Brexit] will have on my (and my colleagues’) attendance in 2020 and I would be very grateful for clarification.”

Luca Rossi, deputy head of unit in the Commission’s Brexit preparedness department in the secretariat general,

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