İrem GÖL -TDO- A senior Foreign Office official has told MPs that the British ministers made a political decision not to be involved in an EU procurement scheme to purchase medical equipment. There have been claims that the UK did not join the scheme because of misinformation due to missed mails. Last month the spokesperson from the prime ministry had claimed that the UK did not take part in the schemes, including one to source life-saving ventilators and another to obtain personal protective equipment because “owing to an initial communication problem, the UK did not receive an invitation on time.”
However, the Foreign Office’s permanent under-secretary, Sir Simon McDonald said “it was a political decision. The UK mission in Brussels briefed ministers about what was available, what was on offer, and the decision is known.” He added: “The UK declined to participate because we left the European Union on 31 January.”
McDonald also spoke of the possibility that Boris Johnson would consider in the next few weeks whether to go for an extension of the deadline for the Brexit. However, then he stressed that he was talking about theoretical possibilities, and the said the prime minister would confirm the existing timetable.