The Government has “no idea” how many civil servants and how much cash are being exclusively devoted to Brexit.
Fifteen of the UK Government’s 20 departments don’t know or were not prepared to say how many staff are working on Britain’s exit from the EU, according to parliamentary questions (PQs) submitted by Plaid Cymru.
Theresa May’s Cabinet Office even conceded in one response it was “not possible to give an accurate figure” for the time and money being thrown at the process.
It comes as fears mount public resources will be utterly consumed by the enormous task of withdrawing from the bloc over the next two years.
Hywel Williams, Plaid Cymru’s Brexit spokesman, said the Government was not ready for the legislative and administrative tasks that lie ahead.
The Arfon MP said: “It is astonishing that government departments, who are tasked with implementing one of the biggest and most challenging changes to the UK constitution, seem to have no idea how many people are actually working on this.”
The Department for Education, Ministry of Defence, Attorney General’s Office, Northern Ireland Office and the Department for Women and Equalities make up the five departments which disclosed the number of staff which had Brexit responsibilities.
The Attorney General’s Office had 41.5 full-time-equivalent staff providing legal services to the Department for Exiting the European Union.
They were followed by the Northern Ireland Office with seven members of staff, the Ministry of Defence with five and the Department for Education with four.
The PQs revealed that just three government departments knew how much money had been allocated to work relating to the UK’s exit from the European Union.
Williams added: “The Prime Minister has made no secret her detestation of the European Convention for Human Rights. Withdrawing from this crucial piece of legislation, which protects us all, but especially those …read more
Source:: The Huffington Post – UK politics