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Ivan Rogers on “nonsense” predictions and why Johnson will not pivot to a softer Brexit

Britain’s former man in Brussels says the PM’s large majority will not necessarily trigger a change in direction  

By Alex Dean  

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Boris Johnson is unlikely to use his new majority to pivot to a softer Brexit, the UK’s former permanent representative to the European Union has told Prospect.

Ivan Rogers, who famously resigned in 2017 in protest at the government’s Brexit approach, said in comments over email: “I keep hearing commentariat pundits suggesting that the scale of the majority enables Johnson to pivot to a softer Brexit and a longer period during which to negotiate it.

“This wrongly assumes that this is his…

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