Tuesday 12 December 2017

No room for envoy with skill to get best Brexit deal when heart rules the head

Ivan Rogers, who has resigned as the United Kingdom's ambassador to the European Union. Photo: Francois Lenoir/Reuters
Ivan Rogers, who has resigned as the United Kingdom's ambassador to the European Union. Photo: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Brian Hayes

Ivan Rogers's resignation as Britain's top diplomat in the EU came as no surprise to me. It was clear that since the Brexit decision in June of last year he was being asked to perform an impossible task by his political masters in London.

As a German colleague said to me in Brussels this week, Mr Rogers was telling No 10 things that it just did not want to hear.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said last year that she wanted a "red, white and blue Brexit". I suspect that her ambassador in Brussels was advising her that she might end up with those colours all right, but they would more likely resemble a French Tricolour than a Union Jack.

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