Brexit Update: Sir Ivan Rogers resigns as UK’s ambassador to the EU

Just months before negotiations are due to begin regarding Britain’s exit from the European Union, the UK’s ambassador to the EU Sir Ivan Rogers resigned this week urging his fellow ministers to “challenge ill-founded arguments and muddled thinking.”

A flag of the European Union (EU) waves in front of a cloudy sky above the dome of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, on July 11, 2013. AFP PHOTO / DPA / SOEREN STACHE +++ GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read SOEREN STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Sir Ivan’s role was expected to continue until at least until October 2017 but his early resignation shocked Government officials. He was one of Britain’s’ most experienced EU negotiators representing the UK at weekly meetings in Brussels dealing with political, financial, justice policing and foreign policy issues.

Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to trigger Article 50 in just a matter of weeks beginning the process of leaving the EU. Ministers have predicted that Britain could be out of the union within two years however, Sir Ivan had previously warned that it could take over a decade for the EU to agree a trade deal with Britain.

Sir Tim Barrow has been named as Sir Ivan’s’ replacement as Downing Street attempt to recover quickly to the blow of losing one of their most highly respected and experienced civil servants at such a crucial time. Multiple politicians both current and former, have praised Sir Ivan and his resignation has been described as “body blow to the Government’s Brexit plans” by former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

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