Brexit trade deal could take 10 years

Somebody finally said it – in fact it was the UK ambassador to the EU.  According to the BBC’s Laura Kuensberg, Sir Ivan Rogers has warned Cabinet ministers that the European consensus was that a deal might not be done until the early to mid-2020s. He also cautioned that an agreement could  then be rejected by other EU national parliaments.

Kuensberg noted that Sir Ivan’s private advice contrasts with ministers publicly insisting a deal can be done in the two years allowed by the triggering of Article 50. The confusion between an immediate divorce deal and a long-term trade deal continues, but only in Britain. Efforts by Brussels to explain the difference have been ignored: the impression elsewhere in the EU is that “they all have their fingers stuck in their ears” in London. This presents such an alarming mental image of a Cabinet meeting ,,,,,,,