Commenting on the sudden resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers, the British Permanent Representative to the EU, Lord Mandelson, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:
“In terms of knowledge and experience of the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers is second to none in Whitehall. His resignation is a serious loss for us in Brussels.
“I would not expect him to comment further but everyone knows that civil servants are being increasingly inhibited in offering objective opinion and advice to Ministers.
“Our negotiation as a whole will go nowhere if Ministers are going to delude themselves about the immense difficulty and challenges Britain faces in implementing the referendum decision.”