Amsterdam — Dutch officials handed over a pair of clogs and the keys to the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) temporary base in Amsterdam on Monday as the watchdog prepares to leave London after Brexit. The regulator’s new €300m headquarters will not be ready until November, so the EMA will be based in stop-gap accommodation for several months after Britain quits the EU on March 29. EMA executive director Guido Rasi was given a pair of the traditional Dutch wooden shoes by health minister Bruno Bruins in what the Dutch government hailed a “festive moment”. “The first important step has been achieved and sealed ... and we can start to operate sharply on March 29,” Rasi told AFP at the handover ceremony. “So far, [the move has gone] smoothly; so far, everything is working. It’s painful, it’s hard, there is a lot of additional work ... but it’s going smoothly, I’m satisfied. Today is a good one!” Based since 1995 in London’s bustling Canary Wharf business district, the EMA evaluates an...

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