Publicly available documents outline that in a meeting between the Quaestor (in charge in-house management) and MEPs, one attendee enquired about the naming of buildings and rooms currently named after British figures once the UK has left the bloc. This included a building named after wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and a room named after Margaret Thatcher, too. The enquiry could suggest that there are plans in the pipeline to change the names of these rooms and buildings, which could effectively wipe the legacy of the UK from EU grounds.
The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, is formed of a set of principal buildings and a set of secondary buildings – the latter including the Winston Churchill building – which houses administration and support facilities.
Meanwhile in Brussels’ European Parliament, there is also a meeting room named after Mrs Thatcher, a change that was only made in 2014.
Other talking points for discussion included one complaint from an MEP who told the Security Quaestor that there are spooks eavesdropping on phone calls.
The question of whether rooms and buildings named after British leaders of the past should change exposes just how divided the UK and EU representatives have become throughout the Brexit process.
The UK voted Leave in June 2016 but negotiations have been tough as, after David Cameron’s resignation, Theresa May stepped in to take on the task of delivering Brexit.
On March 29, 2017, Article 50 was invoked and the process of leaving the EU had officially commenced.
But Mrs May had a torrid time. The first draft of her agreement – unveiled at Chequers – was torn apart by MPs on both sides of the house.
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