Tuesday 3 January 2017 / 5:19 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Sir Ivan Rogers is a highly respected, experienced and capable diplomat, so it is a deeply worrying sign for Brexit negotiations that he has resigned – Starmer

Commenting
on the resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers as the UK’s ambassador to the EU, Keir
Starmer, Labour’s Shadow Secretary State for Exiting the European Union
,
said:

“Sir Ivan Rogers is a highly respected, experienced and
capable diplomat, so it is a deeply worrying sign for Brexit
negotiations that he has resigned. 

“Sir Ivan was right to share with the Government the soundings he
was receiving from EU member states about the complexity of striking a UK-EU
trade deal within two years. The Prime Minister needs to be far more willing to
hear difficult truths. Having met recently with Sir Ivan, I am in no doubt his
early resignation will be a real loss. 

“The Prime Minister and the Foreign Office need to
urgently provide much needed clarity on this, and to announce
what steps will now be put in place.”