DExEU Head of Trade Leaving

First Olly Robbins this morning, now Guido can report another DExEU departure: Antony Phillipson, a career civil servant who was the Director of Trade and Partnerships in the Brexit department and described as a key player in deciding what kind of trade deals Brexit creates. Guido understands Phillipson is moving to New York to become Consul General. He has been a civil servant since 1993 so this is being seen as a promotion and natural civil service progression. Two senior departures today…




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Dominic Raab wrote in his letter of resignation…

“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”

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