Sir Ivan Rogers cannot differentiate between the truth and his own opinion and he does not know what the Government is actually planning for Brexit, says Iain Duncan Smith.
Rogers, the UK's ambassador to the EU, stepped down yesterday. The shock decision was accompanied by a leaked resignation letter in which he criticised Britain's "muddled thinking" over Brexit and said the UK lacks the negotiating experience available to the EU.
Duncan Smith, the former leader of the Tory party and a minister under David Cameron, told Sam Delaney: “This email [of resignation] tells you more about Ivan Rogers than it does about the government.
“He really thinks because he’s been around in the Europe set up so long…[the Government] should do what he says.
“He confuses his own opinions and views with the concept of truth. Ivan Rogers himself was not absolutely in the know about what [the Government] were doing."
However The Times' deputy political editor Sam Coates, who also appeared on Sam's show, believes: “If [Rogers'] criticisms are all valid then it’s sensational and we’ve got a big problem.
“[Downing Street] can be on a bad day quite defensive, and they’re going to be quite reluctant to take advice from somebody who is a critic.
"What I think people at the top of the civil service want, and the top of the diplomatic service want, is to get it right."
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