“Remember the words of Ivan Rogers the next time you hear some posh boy in a suit telling you ‘no deal’ wouldn’t hurt at all and might even be a jolly good thing.” J.K. Rowling
Ivan Rogers is a former British civil servant, with a long career of serving governments of all colours. From 2013 to 2017, he was the UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU. In this position, he was the UK’s most senior negotiator with other Member States and the European institutions. Since his resignation in 2017, Rogers has not spoken publicly. Now, for the first time he shares his experience and knowledge ahead of Britain’s scheduled March 29 exit date from the EU.
Two and a half years after Britain voted to leave the European Union, the political debate over Brexit seems as intense and as complicated as ever. Who and what can we trust? And how on earth do we make sense of it all? Ivan Rogers is uniquely placed to tell some home truths about the failure of the British political class and the flaws, dishonesty and confusion inherent in the UK’s approach to Brexit so far.
Rogers draws up nine lessons that we, as a soon-to-be ‘third country’, need to learn from the last few years, if the next few years – indeed the next decade – are not to be even more painful. This event is for anyone who wants to understand what exactly has been going on and what our post-Brexit outcomes are, if they are to be based on something other than complete wishful thinking.
“Ivan Rogers on blistering form, setting out the unpalatable truths of Brexit that effectively got him sacked as our man in Brussels.” George Parker, Political Editor, The Financial Times
“Ivan Rogers irrefutably makes clear what an oxymoronic fantasy a managed ‘no deal’ is.” Simon Schama
“Cuts through the guff spoken by government, ERG, Labour and pretty much everyone else.” Robert Peston
“A timely reminder of why Ivan Rogers was not tolerated in government and why he probably should have been: clever, insightful, waspish, mordant, learned.” Tim Shipman, Political Editor, Sunday Times
“In terms of knowledge and experience of the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers is second to none.” Lord Peter Mandelson