Thursday, 5 January 2017

Permanent Under-Secretary at FCO would have resigned over Europe

"That the Foreign Office hates Brexit is not news. It is to Europe what the Ministry of Defence is to the army, and the Department for International Development to management consultancy. It is the reason for existing. I once asked the department’s old boss, Michael Palliser, if he had considered resigning over the Falklands. No, he said, he had had to do his duty by the government of the day. The only issue that would cause him to resign, he said ominously, was Britain leaving Europe."

Simon Jenkins today in the Guardian.

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