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Published: Wed, November 16, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

UK government said to have no plan for Brexit

UK government said to have no plan for Brexit

Government departments were working on more than 500 Brexit-related projects and might require an additional 30,000 civil servants, it said.

The memo suggests that although each government department has developed plans to cope with Brexit, "this falls considerably short of having a "government plan for Brexit" because it has no prioritisation and no link to the overall negotiation strategy".

It criticizes May's approach, accusing her of "drawing in decisions and details to settle matters herself".

It adds: "Those leading Brexit in departments know little more than the general public - an Article 50 trigger some time by March 2017 and a two-year negotiating window".

In a statement, Deloitte confirmed the memo was not commissioned by the government and was intended "primarily for internal audiences".

As someone who, whilst not believing that leaving the European Union was the right decision for our country, always wants to see the United Kingdom as prosperous as possible, this serves as a reminder that the Government simply haven't any idea how to cope with all that Brexit entails.

The group's chief executive Matthew Fulton said: "Sixteen million people voted to remain citizens of the European Union, and as such we're asking that this Government accepts it has a mandate to represent the wishes of those who want to remain in Europe by letting them keep their European Union citizenship as a key request in the Brexit negotiations". "This work was conducted without access to No 10 or input from any other government departments".

However, BBC political correspondent Chris Mason - who has seen the memo - says the document shows how "complex, fraught and challenging delivering Brexit will be". I hope that Theresa May will start heeding the caution her Chancellor and the Treasury have been signalling, rather than following the delusional cavalier approach which the "three Brexiteers" have taken, an approach built on falsehoods in exactly the same way as the Leave Campaign.

It said there was no common Brexit strategy because of ministerial divisions with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Trade Minister Liam Fox and Brexit Minister David Davis on one side and Finance minister Philip Hammond and Business Secretary Greg Clark on the other.

"It was produced by an individual from an external accountancy firm".

The British government has launched a ferocious attack on accountancy firm Deloitte for "touting for business" after a memo detailing the difficulties in Government over Brexit was leaked.

Responding to the Deloitte document, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said: "Whatever the objective of this memo, it is absolutely right about two things".

MPs from all parties have sought to force the Government to put its plans on the table ahead of going into negotiations with the EU.

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