David Jones, minister of state for the department on exiting the European union, was present at the first attempt of the state of the nation speech by PM Bettel on Tuesday 25 April. He left the same day.
He had attended the EU general affairs council, and it was part of his schedule here in Luxembourg to watch prime minister Xavier Bettel’s state of the nation speech in parliament in the afternoon. However, that speech was postponed after 20 minutes due to technical difficulties in the online live transmission.
The British embassy in Luxembourg declined on Thursday to give any further details due to the so-called Purdah regulations, which state that the pre-election period:
“calls for caution over decisions which could have a bearing on matters relevant to the election, decisions for action with a long-term character (including appointments), and policy decisions on which the newly elected body could be expected to take a different view.”
According to an embassy spokesperson, Jones, a Welsh MP, had been meeting with some Luxembourg MPs in the context of the continued engagement with European partners following the triggering of Article 50.