Brexit memo reveals Whitehall buckling under pressure

Theresa May

Whitehall is buckling under the extra workload created by Brexit and could need an extra 30,000 civil servants plus an extended timetable to cope, a leaked memo reveals.

Splits within cabinet mean the government may need another six months to decide on its priorities and negotiating strategy, The Times, which has published the memo, reports.

Currently, the government is stating that it will trigger Article 50 by March.

It says there is a split between the “Brexiteers” — Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox — and Chancellor Philip Hammond, who is supported by business secretary Greg Clark.

The memo, dated 7 November, says Whitehall is currently working on 500 Brexit-related projects.