PM de­nies knowl­edge of ‘no plan’ memo

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A MEMO sug­gest­ing that Theresa May’s ad­min­is­tra­tion has no plan for Brexit was not com­mis­sioned by the Govern­ment and has “no cre­dence”, the Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fi­cial spokes­woman has said.

The doc­u­ment, pre­pared by ac­coun­tancy firm Deloitte and ob­tained by The Times, warned that Cabi­net splits were de­lay­ing the Govern­ment’s abil­ity to agree a ne­go­ti­at­ing strat­egy, which may not be ready for six months – af­ter Mrs May’s dead­line of March 2017 for the launch of with­drawal talks with the EU.

It iden­ti­fied “well over 500 projects” be­ing un­der­taken by White­hall de­part­ments to im­ple­ment Brexit, cre­at­ing the need for up to 30,000 ex­tra civil ser­vants.

The spokes­woman said Mrs May ( above) had not been aware of the ex­is­tence of the doc­u­ment, which ap­peared to be an at­tempt by Deloitte to pitch for Govern­ment work.

She said: “This in­di­vid­ual has never been in Num­ber 10 or en­gaged with of­fi­cials in Num­ber 10 since the Prime Min­is­ter took of­fice.”

The memo criticises Mrs May for “draw­ing in de­ci­sions and de­tails to set­tle mat­ters her­self”.

It also identifies a split be­tween the “three Brex­i­teers” – Boris John­son ( above), David Davis and Liam Fox – on one side and Chan­cel­lor Philip Ham­mond and Busi­ness Sec­re­tary Greg Clark on the other, which it claims is hold­ing back a plan.

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