UK Ambassador to European Union resigns

Ivan Rogers

The latest statement from Change Britain, a UK organization created to make Britain's departure from the EU a successful one, challenges the popular opinion shared by many UK MPs that remaining in the customs union is beneficial.

The move came just a few months before the United Kingdom is expected to start formal Brexit negotiations by triggering Article 50, in which Rogers would have played a crucial role.

At the end of last year the BBC revealed he had privately told ministers that a post-brexit deal could take up to ten years to finalise, which even then may fail to get approved by member states.

Lord Macpherson, the former senior civil servant who led the Treasury until previous year, said it was a "huge loss" and attacked the "wilful and total destruction of European Union expertise" ahead of forthcoming negotiations on a new deal between London and Brussels.

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Appointed as permanent representative in 2013 by former prime minister David Cameron, Sir Ivan did not explain why he had chose to stand down, according to the Financial Times.

Change Britain said the UK's share of these jobs would be 2,503 - which it reached by dividing the 16,700 figure by 14.99%, the UK's proportion of non-EU exports in 2015. He was awarded a knighthood in 2016 for services to British, European and International Policy.

The UK Foreign Office said they will not divulge further details about his resignation at the moment.

In 2006, he left civil service to work for Citigroup.

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Responding to a suggestion from Ukip MEP Gerard Batten that Mr Farage should be appointed British ambassador to the European Union, the former party leader said: "That's very sweet of him".

Labour former shadow foreign secretary and chairman of the Commons Brexit Committee Hilary Benn said the resignation was "not a good thing".

He said: "I don't think Downing Street were expecting this at all".

May says she will trigger formal talks between the United Kingdom and the European Union by the end of March.

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"Having a handover in the middle of that.is not ideal".

Highly experienced and diligent, Rogers was expected to play a key role in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

Ivan Rogers' resignation makes a good deal on Brexit less likely.

"It's time now for someone who is optimistic about the future that lies ahead for Brexit Britain". "Enough talk, we need to get on with getting out". UKIP's Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten said the party's former leader Nigel Farage should replace Rogers. He told the Press Association that "a lot more" British diplomats should follow Sir Ivan Rogers and resign.

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