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Belgium in Brief: But When?

Yes, yes, this newsletter has been very UK travel rule obsessed this week, but it’s like watching a snail race a slug over an obstacle course.

There are plenty of things happening, just really slowly.

Yesterday brought with it the news that Belgium is looking at what can happen.

The slug has just started the climbing wall. I’ve not been able to work out how fast he’s travelling yet.

What we do know, according to Wendy Lee, spokesperson for Belgium’s Federal Public Health Service, is this:

“We are now looking into the logistics,”

“The political will to achieve mutual recognition as soon as possible is definitely there.”

It’s not a lot, but it’s all we’ve got for now.

Are they looking into it? Yes, but that might not be anything new.

When will it be concluded? Your guess is as good as mine, but we’re on it.

Soon? Probably. Before the end of August? Hopefully.

Your guess is as good as mine, so what is your guess? Let @johnstonjules know.

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