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Ivan Rogers says some in Downing Street appear to be ‘misjudging’ negotiations.
A pro-Brexit minister and MPs have accused the Civil Service of pursuing a ‘Remain’ agenda. Steve Bullock, a former civil servant, argues that the consequences of undermining civil servants in this way are potentially disastrous.
The full text of Sir Ivan’s speech is reproduced below.
A former UK ambassador to the EU has stated that the biggest crisis in the UK's attempts to leave the European Union is still a year away. / Sir Ivan Rogers, who was the senior civil servant dealing with Brexit after the EU referendum until his resignation in 2017, argued that the UK has been mired in a "political shambles" since the 2016 vote.
In Gary Gibbon’s latest Politics: Where Next podcast, he talks to Sir Ivan Rogers - formerly our man at the EU. He was the British diplomatic service’s top EU expert - let go effectively by Theresa May just as the Brexit negotiations were getting under way.
The biggest crisis of Brexit to date actually still lies ahead of us in late 2020.
Sir Ivan Rogers condemns 'diplomatic amateurism' that will lead to hugely damaging trade deal – or a crash-out Brexit in a year. / Boris Johnson is deceiving voters by claiming he will “get Brexit done” quickly and hiding the “biggest crisis” yet to come, a former ambassador to the EU is warning.
Ex-EU ambassador says PM’s ‘strategy errors’ will make good trade deal harder to achieve.
Boris Johnson’s claims he will get Brexit done are “diplomatic amateurism” and his deal will be even harder to achieve than Theresa May’s, a former ambassador to the EU has warned.
We face the most explosive political week for years, perhaps decades. But remarkably little of the debate is about our real options. We should be thinking 10 to 20 years ahead, not 10 weeks.
The U.K.’s former ambassador to the European Union blasted the “denial, delusion-mongering and deception” in British politics, which he predicts is leading the country to a damaging no-deal Brexit.
Britain is being led to a no-deal Brexit by a political elite “which has great difficulties discerning and telling the truth”, the UK’s former ambassador to the EU has said, in a withering assessment of the Conservative candidates vying to be prime minister.
In his recent book, 9 Lessons in Brexit, Sir Ivan addresses the failures of the political class, and outlines the flaws in the UK’s Brexit strategy thus far. He also argues that the EU should think strategically about the long-term relationship with the UK as an important economic and security partner in the future.
European Scrutiny Committee 1 February 2017. Witness: Sir Ivan Rogers KCMG, former Permanent Representative of the UK to the European Union. (3 January 2017 UK's ambassador to the EU Sir Ivan Rogers resigns.)
Sir Ivan Rogers says EU could 'pull the plug' on talks. / The desire of Tory leadership candidates to appeal to the party’s Brexiteer grassroots could “wreck” any chance of the UK securing a trade deal with the EU, the former British ambassador to Brussels has warned.
UK will be accommodated but never prioritised above collective interest of EU.
The UK government's handling of Brexit is creating a political, constitutional and economic "crisis" which could result in a major public inquiry, the UK's former ambassador to the European Union has told Business Insider.
The Institute for Government was pleased to welcome Sir Ivan Rogers, former UK Permanent Representative to the EU... The UK wants an ambitious future arrangement covering trade, cooperation in foreign and security policy, data exchange and more. But negotiations on the future relationship will be much more complex than those on the withdrawal...
The government does not understand how the EU works and so embarks on negotiating strategies that are doomed to fail, Britain’s former ambassador to Brussels has said.
In departing email, Rogers calls on his staff ‘to continue to challenge ill-founded arguments ... and never be afraid to speak the truth to those in power’
Former UK ambassador Ivan Rogers says PM’s negotiating strategy was doomed to fail
The UCL European Institute hosted a showpiece public lecture by Sir Ivan Rogers: 'Where did Brexit come from and where is it going to take the UK?'. / Sir Ivan Rogers (KCMG) is a former senior British civil servant who was the UK's Permanent Representative to the European Union from November 2013 to January 2017.
Ivan Rogers, the UK's former ambassador to the EU, is uniquely placed to tell some home truths about the failure of the British political class and the flaws, dishonesty and confusion inherent in the UK's approach to Brexit so far.