UK GOVERNMENT officials have been ordered to stop using the word ‘Brexit’ and refer only to ‘December 31, 2020’.
A style guide for officials, posted on the UK government’s website, tells them they should only use the word Brexit when ‘providing historical context’.
The guide says: “You can use the term Brexit to provide historical context, but it’s best to use specific dates when possible. For example, use December 31, 2020 rather than Brexit or when the UK has left the EU. ”
The guide was reported as it emerged that under post-Brexit rules British citizens living in the EU would be banned from traveling through France to their homes in another European country.
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Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, which carries vehicle transport trains between Dover and Calais, said the decision was taken by the French government.
The company added that it was “unable to answer individual questions regarding the new requirements”, and advised passengers to visit the website of the French Embassy in the UK – although its information Travel Reports have not been updated since December 20.
The SNP has been contacted for comment.
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It comes after the Welsh government told its own officials to stop using the word ‘Brexit’ as well.
The Labor-led administration told its officials: “Brexit has taken place. Use the transition period to refer to the period between February 1 and December 31, 2020”.
The guidelines also state that officials should say British government rather than Her Majesty’s government.