Iain Duncan Smith: Ministers could be right to lose trust in outgoing EU envoy

Posted On: 
4th January 2017

Conservative Former Cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he could see why ministers might have lost trust in outgoing EU envoy Sir Ivan Rogers. 

"He knew very well what he was doing. Probably he also knew very well what he was doing when the previous email got leaked. It gets to a point when a civil servant starts to go public on stuff that you as ministers can no longer trust that individual. You must have absolute trust and cooperation and you cannot have this stuff coming out publicly. And this is the second time and may actually prove that ministers may well be right to say they weren’t prepared perhaps to trust him in quite the way they would of others. There are plenty of other civil servants who didn’t behave like this."

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