The Oxford Union was a place where bluster, self-belief and rhetorical flourish trounced detail, groundwork and planning. David McWillliams, Irish Times July 6 2019
Not how the technocratic, detail-oriented graduates of the College of Europe have been trained. Not so much bluff nor swashbuckling.
(David McW is a graduate)
Sir Ivan Rogers had to resign because he said UK-EU negotiations would take 10 years to effect.
He said that May and her advisers' approach was to attempt to deal directly with the leaders of the major governments within the EU but the "reflex in the British system (is) always to think that we can deal direct with the organ grinders and not the monkeys: it never works like that. It didn’t work like that in the Cameron renegotiation either. That stuff is not done in the way British politics works, leader to leader. It’s done via the bureaucrats, and the sherpas, and the people at the top of the institutions.
UK ambassador got shafted (by his own group). The next one will probably be BREXIT poodle?
That's it in a nub.