The resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers yesterday has sent such a shock through the system that even EU officials can’t help themselves.
To reiterate the point: three months before we start negotiations with the EU, our top Brexit negotiator has resigned.
And he was quite clear about why:
The veteran diplomat accused the Tory administration of “ill-founded arguments and muddled thinking”.
The outgoing UK permanent representative to the EU (PR) also urged his staff to “never be afraid to speak the truth to those in power”, warning them “serious multilateral negotiating experience is in short supply in Whitehall”.
Unsurprisingly, top EU officials cannot hide their glee
Best Wishes to Sir Ivan Rogers, a much respected UK civil servant in Brussels – who knew what he was talking about.#Brexit
— Guy Verhofstadt (@GuyVerhofstadt) January 4, 2017
Also to no surprise: this incompetent Tory government is trying to stay quiet
Would you like to react to Sir Ivan Rogers resignation? FCO 'do you have our statement from yesterday?' No.10 'we have nothing more to add'.
— Darren McCaffrey (@DMcCaffreySKY) January 4, 2017
Meanwhile, IDS is still handing out invaluable advice….
The biggest test of our economy in a generation and the Tories have no idea what is going on