Help­ing pro-Brexit min­is­ters is banned

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BRI­TAIN’S top man­darin has writ­ten to all civil ser­vants telling them they may NOT pro­vide sup­port to min­is­ters cam­paign­ing to leave the EU.

While civil ser­vants will be ex­pected to con­tinue sup­port­ing Brexit-back­ing min­is­ters in their nor­mal Govern­ment busi­ness, it is “not ap­pro­pri­ate or per­mis­si­ble” for them to pro­vide brief­ings, write ma­te­rial for speeches or sup­ply ac­cess to of­fi­cial pa­pers in re­la­tion to the ref­er­en­dum cam­paign, said Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Sir Jeremy Hey­wood.

Spe­cial ad­vis­ers who want to work for a cam­paign team must seek the Prime Min­is­ter’s ap­proval – and work­ing full-time on a cam­paign means re­sign­ing their po­si­tions for the du­ra­tion of the ref­er­en­dum.

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