Leaked memo: ‘there is no plan’ for Brexit

What will happen next for Brexit?

A leaked memo that was prepared for the Cabinet Office suggests there is no current plan on Brexit. A strategy may not be agreed for another six months.

The memo was obtained by the Times. It warns that Whitehall is working on 500 related Brexit projects that may need 30,000 extra staff.

The government has said it “didn’t recognise” any of the claims made in the memo.

The Prime Minister, Theresa May has been insistent on wanting Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty triggered by the end of March next year.

The leaked memo criticises May, it says “acquiring a reputation of drawing in decisions and details to settle matters herself” It states that this way of handling things is “unlikely to be sustainable”.

According to The Times, the memo 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.”

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