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British government has no Brexit plan, leaked memo claims


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British government has no Brexit plan, leaked memo claims

Britain has no overall Brexit plan and a blueprint for leaving the EU might not be agreed for six months, a leaked memo suggests.

The document prepared for the Cabinet Office by a consultant claims the lack of a common strategy was down to divisions inside the government.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s office insisted it ‘‘didn’t recognise’‘ the memo – obtained by the London Times – which warns Whitehall is working on some 500 Brexit-related projects and could need an extra 30,000 civil servants to carry them out.

May has said she hopes to trigger Article 50, the formal two-year EU divorce process, by the end of March next year.

The claim that there is no common Brexit strategy follows the government’s recent appeal against the High Court which ruled that Parliament must be consulted before Article 50 can be invoked.

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