The outcome being pursued by the prime minister in the Brexit trade talks will not avoid costly friction at the border.
UK PM Boris Johnson had been wildly happy about his new EU exit deal; then he introduced a law undermining both it, and the last round of trade negotiations. Speaking with two former permanent secretaries of the UK’s EU exit department, Matt Ross asks whether Johnson is applying firm leverage – or deliberately sabotaging the trade talks.
Philip Rycroft, the former Permanent Secretary for the DExEU ... discusses the 2016 EU referendum, the possibility of Scotland gaining independence
Leaving the EU confronts my former colleagues with a greater challenge than Whitehall has faced for generations.
No-deal exit would trigger complex negotiations, argues former top DexEU civil servant.
Everyone should worry about no deal, the civil servant who was, until March, head of the Brexit department has said.
No-deal Brexit is ‘fraught with risk’ and ‘everybody should be worried’, says former top civil servant 08/07/2019
‘Everybody should be worried about what happens in a no-deal situation,’ Philip Rycroft says in interview with BBC Panorama.
Karen Wheeler’s resignation stokes fears the UK will not be ready for a no-deal Brexit by October. / The government official in charge of delivering “frictionless” Brexit border arrangements, including emergency plans for Dover and Ireland in the event of no deal, has quit just two years into her job.
His departure sparked claims the "chaotic" Brexit department was struggling to cope.