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BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 20: A British Union Jack (L) and European Union flag fly as Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, visits German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on July 20, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The two leaders discussed their upcoming cooperation together as well as the United Kingdom's withdrawing of its membership from the European Union, known as Brexit. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images).

Britain Has No Brexit Plan, Leaked Memo Claims

The UK Government has no Brexit plan and will not have a strategy for six months because of a split in the Cabinet and lack of Civil Service fire power, a leaked document seen by Sky News claims.

It says that despite discussions, nearly six months after the Brexit vote “no common strategy has emerged” and this is “in part because of the divisions within the Cabinet”.

In short, it suggests, Theresa May has got little further than saying “Brexit means Brexit”.

According to the leaked memo, which has been drawn up by an unnamed consultant, Whitehall has 500 Brexit projects and will need as many as 30,000 civil servants to work on them.

However, it says the Chancellor Philip Hammond does not plan to provide funding for the civil service to grow its Brexit capacity and capability.

Instead he plans to spend up to £15bn on infrastructure projects to “Brexit-proof” the economy.

And it warns that when it comes to Brexit negotiations big businesses like Nissan could “point a gun at the Government’s head”.

It is understood the memo is an unsolicited report drawn up by an accountancy firm pitching for business, a Government spokesman has said it is not a Government report and the claims in it were not recognised.

The consultant says the Cabinet split is between the “three Brexiteers” – Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Brexit Secretary David Davis – on the one side and Mr Hammond and Business Secretary Greg Clark on the other.

And the document, circulated among civil servants, warns that the Prime Minister is “rapidly acquiring the reputation of drawing in decision and details to settle matters herself – which is unlikely to be sustainable.”

According to the consultant, the Government’s decision to appeal against the High Court decision that Mrs May doesn’t have the power to trigger Article 50, the formal EU divorce process, is to stop the Conservative Party from splitting.

It says the appeal is “about avoiding any more public debate than necessary because it will expose splits within the predominantly ‘remain’ Conservative MPs and intensify the pressure from predominantly ‘leave’ constituency parties”.

The document says all Whitehall departments have developed a “bottom up” plan of what Brexit could be”, but that “this falls considerably short of having a ‘Government plan for Brexit’.”

And it adds that the failure to put together a Brexit plan means senior civil servants will “feel compelled to present high level plan(s) to avoid further drift”.

It says “departments are struggling to come up to speed on the potential Brexit effects on industry” and there is fragmentation because certain departments are trying to guard areas, such as the Treasury and financial services.

However, one of the biggest problems is Whitehall’s inability to carry out any Brexit arrangements quickly because of a lack of fire power, the document says.

It says that one department “estimates that it needs a 40% increase in staff to cope with its Brexit projects”.

The release of the damaging document, which was first reported by The Times, will bolster recent key criticisms from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP, namely that the Government does not have a Brexit plan.

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.

However, despite this, the PM’s “over-riding objective” is to stop the party from splitting, the document says.

It says an early General Election is a “last resort” for three reasons: the Conservatives don’t stand to benefit from the boundary changes until 2019, the Fixed Term Parliament Act makes it more difficult and it may help distract from Brexit.

But Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told Sky News it was not a Government memo and he didn’t know where it came from.

He said: “Well I don’t know where it came from. It’s certainly not a Government report and I certainly haven’t seen evidence and I sit on the Cabinet Committee that is planning the Brexit process. I haven’t seen any evidence of the kind of splits discussed.

“This is not a report we commissioned. It is not a report we have seen. It is not something we recognise.”

DOWNLOAD the report here: brexit-leaked-report

Source: Sky News.

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Dr. Idris Ahmed is the President and founder of the CUPS organisation. He is a Cryptologist (Mathematical science of designing and breaking computer security systems). He is the founder and Chief Executive officer of Tecomex Forensics Ltd (www.tecomex-forensics.com). He is passionate about fighting corruption, enhancing democracy, and establishing good governance in Nigeria. He is the Editor in Chief of the cupstv.com website.

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