What has former prime minister Sir John Major said about Brexit and PM Theresa May at Chatham House on 27 Feb 2017?
He doubted that a good Brexit deal could be made, that its possible benefits had been oversold, and that the UK government should show "more charm and a lot less cheap rhetoric". He said:
"I have watched with growing concern as the British people have been led to expect a future that seems to be unreal and over-optimistic... Obstacles are brushed aside as of no consequence, whilst opportunities are inflated beyond any reasonable expectation of delivery... In my own experience, the most successful results are obtained when talks are conducted with goodwill: it is much easier to reach agreement with a friend than a quarrelsome neighbour. Behind the diplomatic civilities, the atmosphere is already sour. A little more charm, and a lot less cheap rhetoric, would do much to protect the UK's interests."