Olly Robbins' team 'couldn't negotiate their way out of a paper bag'

Iain Duncan Smith

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Iain Duncan Smith has slammed the government's Brexit negotiating team, claiming they "couldn't negotiate their way out of a paper bag".

The former Conservative Party leader made the comments as chief negotiator Olly Robbins heads to Brussels, in an effort to secure changes to the political declaration, which details the UK's future relationship with the EU.

"This is the man that delivered the deal that we are in at the moment," Mr Smith told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"I don't have a huge amount of confidence that he or any of that negotiating team... who, by the way, couldn't negotiate their way out of a paper bag."

When asked by Hartley-Brewer whether there was any point to the trip, the MP for Chingford and Woodford Green replied: "No".

"The team that Mr Robbins ran clearly didn't negotiate. They clearly went over there and said 'What is it that you'd like us to accept?'".

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