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    European Commission spokeswoman, Natasha Bertaud, said that the organization regrets the resignation of the Former UK Permanent Representative to the European Union Ivan Rogers.

    BRUSSELS(Sputnik) — The European Commission regrets the resignation of the Former UK Permanent Representative to the European Union Ivan Rogers, European Commission spokeswoman, Natasha Bertaud, said on Wednesday.

    Rogers unexpectedly resigned on Tuesday, months before the end of his term, leaving Prime Minister Theresa May's government to look for a replacement before the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which is scheduled for the end of March. Rogers's resignation has been confirmed by the UK government, which said that the move was made to enable his successor to be appointed before March.

    "We regret the loss of a very professional, very knowledgeable, while not always easy interlocutor and diplomat who always loyally defended the interests of his government," Bertaud told journalists in Brussels.

    Earlier on Wednesday, in a letter to his UK Permanent Representation to the European Union (UKRep) colleagues, leaked by The Telegraph newspaper, Rogers attacked the UK government over lacking the necessary negotiating experience for carrying out Brexit talks.

    On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the European Union. The majority of Britons supported the decision to leave the 28-nation bloc.


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