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The inside story of how David Cameron drove Britain to Brexit

Cameron’s top man on Europe looks back and tells all about how a leader who wanted his party to stop banging on about Europe ended up destroying the UK’s place in the EU—and himself

By Ivan Rogers  

Former UK Permanent Representative to the EU Ivan Rogers. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/PA Images

On 24th November, Ivan Rogers gave a lecture at Hertford College, Oxford on David Cameron, having worked as Permanent Representative of the UK to the European Union while Cameron was Prime Minister. The talk was part of a Prospect/Hertford series on PMs since Margaret Thatcher and their relationships with the continent.

Rogers warns of the Brexit challenges ahead: “All we shall see, at very best, on UK-EU trade in 2018 is a political agreement on ambit, not legal texts.”


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