Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins set to cash in by joining Goldman Sachs

Brexiteer anger as Theresa May’s chief negotiator Oliver Robbins is set to cash in by leaving the civil service for Goldman Sachs

  • Theresa May’s chief negotiator Oliver Robbing is now leaving the civil service 
  • Mr Robbins will join Goldman Sach following a sabbatical at Oxford University
  • He thrashed out an agreement with the EU but it was rejected by the Commons 

Theresa May’s chief EU negotiator is to cash in by leaving the civil service and joining Goldman Sachs.

Oliver Robbins is to become managing director in the investment banking division after undertaking a sabbatical at the University of Oxford. He is likely to earn a package in the high six figures.

However, Brexiteers claimed the move amounted to ‘buying information’ about the standoff with Brussels.  

Mr Robbins was Mrs May’s envoy in the fraught talks, sealing an agreement with the EU that Boris Johnson has now effectively torn up after it failed to secure backing from the Commons.

His departure from the civil service was confirmed in a press release from the Cabinet Office tonight.

It said Mr Robbins will take up a visiting fellowship at Oxford set up in memory of former cabinet secretary Lord Jeremy Heywood.

Oliver Robbins (pictured) is to become managing director in the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs, it was revealed tonight

The fellowship, based at the Blavatnik School of Government, will allow a permanent secretary to explore issues relating to public service and policy.

Mr Robbins will take up the sabbatical immediately after it was approved by the PM.

But buried in the notes was the detail that he will then leave the civil service and join Goldman Sachs. 

Brexit Party MEP James Wells responded to the news on Twitter: ‘How can that be right, they are simply buying information!’ 

Lord Heywood, who spent four years as Cabinet Secretary, died of cancer in November last year at the age of 56, days after retiring through ill-health.

Mr Robbins said: ‘Jeremy, with his pride in the Civil Service and its values, remains an incredible inspiration to me and many other civil servants.

‘It is an enormous privilege to be given the opportunity to reflect on some of the challenges the Civil Service faces, as the first Heywood Fellow.’

Mr Johnson added: ‘I am delighted that Olly will be the first permanent secretary to take up this Fellowship in Jeremy Heywood’s memory, which follows his many years of dedication to public service in a variety of different roles.’

Lady Suzanne Heywood, chairwoman of the Heywood Foundation, said: ‘On behalf of my fellow trustees I would like to congratulate Olly on this fellowship which was created to continue the passion that Jeremy Heywood (Lord Heywood of Whitehall) had for policy innovation and diversity.

‘We are delighted that Olly will be our first fellow and I know that Jeremy would have felt the same way.’ 

Mr Robbins sealied an agreement with the EU on behalf of Theresa May (pictured this summer) that failed to secure backing from the Commons

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