Brexit: “UK Goververnment Has No Coherent Strategy for Leaving the European Union” — Leaked memo by a consultant for the Cabinet Office says

LONDON — A memo prepared by a consultant to the British government says ministers have no coherent plan for leaving the European Union and may need to hire up to 30,000 civil servants to complete the country’s exit from the 28-nation bloc, the Times of London reported Tuesday.

The newspaper said the leaked memo — prepared by a consultant for the Cabinet Office — says splits within Prime Minister Theresa May’s team have delayed development of a negotiating strategy and that it may take another six months to come up with a plan.

The prime minister’s office said “this is not a government report and we don’t recognize the claims made in it.” Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told Sky News that “I haven’t seen any evidence of the kind of splits discussed” in the leaked document.

The Times said the memo was written by a consultant on his own initiative, not at government request. The BBC also said it had seen the document.

The government says it will trigger two years of formal exit talks with the EU by March 31.

The memo, dated Nov. 7 and titled “Brexit update,” reportedly says that “despite extended debate among (department) permanent secretaries, no common strategy has emerged.”

It says this is partly because May is “drawing in decisions and details to settle matters herself.”

It says individual departments are working on projects related to Britain’s exit — 500 in all — but that “there is no prioritization and no link to the overall negotiation strategy.”

May took office in July, after Britons voted to leave the EU. She had campaigned to stay in, but has promised she will deliver on voters’ decision to leave. Her Cabinet contains both “remain” backers like Treasury Chief Philip Hammond and “leave” supporters including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

The government has declined to say what sort of deal Britain will seek with the EU — including whether it will try to keep Britain in the bloc’s single market for goods and services, something many British businesses desire.

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Prime Minister Theresa May

Prime Minister Theresa May CREDIT: MONEY SHARMA/AFP 

Theresa May still has no plan for Brexit, leaked document reveals

The November 7 memo obtained by The Times also suggests that Cabinet splits are delaying the Government’s ability to agree a negotiating strategy

By ARJ SINGH
The Independent

Theresa May’s Government has no Brexit plan and a poor understanding of what leaving the European Union means for industry, according to a leaked memo prepared for the Cabinet Office.

The November 7 memo obtained by The Times also suggests that Cabinet splits are delaying the Government’s ability to agree a negotiating strategy ahead of its goal to begin the Brexit process by April.

Titled “Brexit Update”, it criticises the Prime Minister for “drawing in decisions and details to settle matters herself”, and warns that big companies will “point a gun at the Government’s head” after Nissan was given assurances about trading conditionsonce Britain leaves the EU.

It also suggests up to 30,000 new civil servants will be needed to cope with the immense workload.

According to the newspaper, the memo written by a consultant working for the Cabinet Office, said: “Every department has developed a ‘bottom-up’ plan of what the impact of Brexit could be – and its plan to cope with the ‘worst case’.

“Although necessary, this falls considerably short of having a ‘Government plan for Brexit’ because it has no prioritisation and no link to the overall negotiation strategy.”

Boris Johnson

According to The Times, it said the Government could take another six months to decide what its priorities are, adding: “Despite extended debate among (department) permanent secretaries, no common strategy has emerged.

“It is likely that the senior ranks in the civil service will feel compelled to present potential high level plan(s) to avoid further drift.

“Departments are struggling to come up to speed on the potential Brexit effects on industry.

‘If you think you voted for Brexit in possession of truth, honesty and fact then you’re a banana’

“This is due to starting from a relatively low base of insight and also due to fragmentation.”

The memo also suggested that the Government does not have enough officials to implement Brexit quickly, with departments developing individual plans which have resulted in “well over 500 projects”.

Responding to the report, a Government spokesman said: “This is not a Government report and we don’t recognise the claims made in it.

“We are focused on getting on with the job of delivering Brexit and making a success of it.”

Meanwhile, Mrs May has received a boost to her plan to trigger Article 50 of the EU treaties to begin the process of leaving the bloc by April.

Labour has pledged not to block or delay it and called for a “more positive” view of Brexit.

In a speech in central London, shadow chancellor John McDonnell will say: “We must not try to re-fight the referendum or push for a second vote. And if Article 50 needs to be triggered in Parliament, we will not seek to block or delay it.

“To do so would put Labour against the majority will of the British people and on the side of certain corporate elites, who have always had the British people at the back of the queue.”

He will say Labour should “embrace the enormous opportunities to reshape our country that Brexit has opened for us”, adding: “In that way we can speak again to those who were left behind and offer a positive, ambitious vision instead of leaving the field open to divisive Trump-style politics.”

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