PM denies knowledge of ‘no plan’ memo
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.