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Brexit, for the record

UK in a Changing Europe’s Brexit Witness Archive brings together the experiences of the people that shaped the Brexit process: the campaigners, the politicians, the civil servants and the officials that were involved in the process of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.

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I certainly never saw it as part of my role to get Brexit done, or to help the Government to get Brexit done, in that Parliament.
John Bercow
The majority of Labour Party members voted Remain and lived in Remain seats. Sometimes it is easier to say what the members want to hear.
Caroline Flint
It’s a hilarious email, in hindsight, when I re-read it the other day. Because it says, ‘Hi, I’m Dominic Cummings, I led the Leave campaign.
Jess Phillips
I was so angry with the Government over their behaviour, the prorogation. I was up for a fight, frankly. I quite enjoyed it.
David Gauke
I remember walking around Chequers with David Davis and he was still contemplating whether he could stay or not.
Julian Smith
It is much easier to negotiate a good deal if you actually believe in what you are trying to negotiate for. Theresa May didn’t.
Richard Tice
I can do the number of Secretaries of State I had. I can’t do the number of junior ministers. The turnover became almost routine.
Philip Rycroft
I think if you wanted to find the roots of the Brexit vote, for me, it was actually the Iraq invasion and Blair taking his eye off the ball.
Gisela Stuart
We needed everything to go our way for us to have a chance of winning. I think from around the time of the designation it pretty much did.
Paul Stephenson
The whole machine around the Cabinet Office and Number 10 was geared towards frightening MPs to backing the deal.
Chris Grayling
The whole focus of the Remain campaign was on such a transactional economic basis that didn't touch people's deeper sense of the values of Britain.
Caroline Lucas
I always said that if it came to the European elections, any party that stood in them for Brexit would win hands down.
Claire Fox
We were only Leave.EU, we weren’t Vote Leave, and we were concentrating on those parts that the Heineken that is Michael Gove couldn’t reach.
Gawain Towler

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