The government has cut all ties with eco-extremist group Greenpeace after it sent protesters to invade the privacy of the Prime Minister’s home in Yorkshire.
The environmental group has regular meetings with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and is regularly consulted on issues.
But following the stunt, Defre Secretary Therese Coffey has ordered all ties are cut and meetings cancelled.
A note to Defra stakeholders and civil servants from permenant secretary Tamara Finbklestein said: “You will have seen the coverage of Greenpeace in the media today, 3 August, which involved a protest at the Prime Minister’s constituency home.
“Following this activity, the Secretary of State has taken the decision that the Defra Group should cease engagement with Greenpeace until further notice. This includes any planned meetings or communications.
“If your teams have any engagement with Greenpeace planned, can you please contact ExternalAffairs@defra.gov.uk as soon as possible to discuss. Please can you also alert the External Affairs team with any correspondence received from Greenpeace.”
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