"... it is not the business of civil servants ... to challenge settled decisions, most especially not a decision with such explicit Prime Ministerial imprimatur."
"... everyone may ... get ... those funny ideas the Brits had in 2016."
"In the awful chronology of Theresa May’s humiliating negotiations, the EU’s Transition demands stand out as the point when it made clear its intention to dictate rather than negotiate."
"Rappelle son opposition de principe à toute perspective qui aboutirait à réserver un sort spécifique à la question de la pêche, sous la forme d’un « Brexit » sectoriel, dont les premières victimes ne manqueraient pas d’être les pêcheurs de l’Union..."
"There are still resistant elements in our midst, which foreign opposition could rely on to frustrate our exit from the European Union. It is clear that lessons have been learned; lines have been redrawn in preparation for an invisible warfare, an insidious confrontation with those opposed to Brexit both domestically and internationally."
"It’s ironic that while UK Remainers agonise endlessly over the supposed disastrous effects of the UK breaking away from the EU’s trade and regulatory system, the EU Commission appears to fear the precise opposite – that such a breakaway will allow a more nimble UK to thrive and leave the EU in its wake, and that such an outcome might encourage other member states to follow the UK out of the door."
"...during his short and successful tenure as Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson announced the sensible decision that three of the lower specification Batch 1 OPVs would be kept on in service in anticipation of our leaving the EU."