A leaked Cabinet Office memo obtained by The Times newspaper indicates that the government has no clear Brexit plan in place and a negotiating strategy may not be agreed for 6 months “because of divisions within the cabinet”. The government is currently working on 500 projects linked to Brexit and may require an additional 30,000 staff to meet this workload. The memo reveals that every government department has developed a “bottom-up” plan of the impact of Brexit as well as a report on how it will cope in a ‘worst case scenario’. However, currently none of these departmental plans are linked to an overall negotiation strategy. Big businesses are likely to put the Prime Minister under increasing pressure in the upcoming months in order to secure their priorities of maintaining jobs and investment following Brexit.
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