10-year Brexit trade deal warning is plain wrong, says Telegraph journalist

Peter Foster says it is unlikely Brexit deal will take a decade

Ambassador Sir Ivan Rogers has said Brexit deal could take 10 years

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Sir Ivan Rogers' warning that a post-Brexit EU deal could take 10 years is plain wrong, according to a prominent political journalist.

Peter Foster, Europe editor for the Daily Telegraph, told Julia Hartley-Brewer that Rogers, the UK's ambassador to the EU, was "setting out worst-case scenarios" when he gave the 10-year projection.

Foster also said: "It could take up to a decade to negotiate a trade deal between the UK and the European Union but it absolutely doesn't have to."

However the journalist did say that the EU "has a long history of cutting its nose off to spite its face" and may maintain a tough line with Britain during the Brexit negotiations.

Listen to the interview above