Institute for Government Suggests Brexit Costs are Spiralling

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A report by the Institute for Government think tank has suggested that the cost of Brexit negotiations is approaching £65 million. The report also questions the Ministerial structure introduced by Theresa May, the Prime Minister.

The report notes that 500 extra staff have had to be appointed in a bid to deal with the mechanics of leaving the EU. The report also refers to the “turf wars” between Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox, adding:

“This triple departmental structure risks creating fragmentation and incoherence, and a lack of clarity about the roles and responsibilities of the new departments has caused distractions and delayed work on Brexit”.

The report concludes:

“Now that the key organisational mechanisms and staff seem largely to be in place, the first task – currently underway – is to understand
exactly what will be involved in the Brexit process, the best way to sequence decision-making and actions, and how best to use resources to support that. There is no doubt the task is immense and the work involved will occupy Whitehall and Westminster for at least a decade”.