Exclusive: EU will secure trade deal with Britain 'faster' than Canada, private documents suggest – contradicting warning issued by UK ambassador

Britain’s “pessimistic” EU ambassador has been accused of damaging the UK’s Brexit negotiation after warning it would take a decade to forge a new trade deal with Europe – only for a documents to emerge showing top EU officials admitting it could be done “faster” than that.

Sir Ivan Rogers, Britain’s ambassador to the European Union, told ministers in October that it could take over a decade to negotiate a deal, but minutes of a private meeting with EU negotiators obtained by The Telegraph suggest otherwise.

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