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Tasked with implementing Brexit, the British civil service faces immense change and uncertainty

23 Jun 2017
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Leaving the EU is one of the most intricate and transformative challenges that the UK has ever confronted. Brexit has significant implications for the British civil service and its capability to deliver on the government’s 12 priorities for Brexit.

When Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, triggered Article 50, the process of withdrawal from the EU, in March it began a two-year period set aside for negotiations. Britain faces a number of constitutional, political and economic challenges as the clock ticks down to March 29, 2019. Added to this is the complexity of the recent UK election result which see May’s government without a majority in the house of commons.

Just before Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU formally got underway on June 19, two of the four ministers from the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) left the government. While one, David Jones, was sacked, the other, George Bridges resigned. The departures could not have helped preparations just days before the start of negotiations.

Read the full article on The Conversation.

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