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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

EU Criticizes Britain

LUXEMBOURG () -- European Union foreign ministers rounded angrily on Britain on Monday for blocking EU affairs in its "beef war" with its partners, despite London's easing of the policy to allow through some sensitive measures.

In a clear sign of the growing irritation with Britain, Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind faced a barrage of protests from his colleagues at a ministers' meeting.

"The word blackmail was used on several occasions," one official said.

French Foreign Minister Herve de Charette said the reaction "ranged from irritation to exasperation."