Brexit – grudging maneuvering by Sir Ivan Rogers

Sir Ivan Rogers, the ex ambassador to the European Union, who resigned in January, made his remarks to MPs on the Commons Treasury Committee.

He said that Theresa May’s decision to trigger the countdown to Brexit opened up Britain to being “screwed” in the negotiations with Brussels.

The former diplomat said: “I think we’ll have a row straight away in 2018 on the scope and ambit of a free trade agreement.”

He said that the language used to describe he UK’s Brexit deal by the EU was “Canada or Canada dry” but the UK’s attitude was “Canada plus, plus, plus”.

Again the opponents to Brexit are squeeling against the democratic vote to leave the EU. This time doubting the agreement with the WTO! If the EU gets awkward we walk away and immediately trade on our own. Europe need our purchasing power. And we trade under the agreement with the WTO and other independent agreements.

Sir Ivan Rogers I invite you to stay resigned and let democracy and trade run its course.