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The running Brexit tab: behind the administrative cost of leaving

It is not only the material cost that must be considered, but the impact of distraction and frustration in Whitehall

By Martin Lodge  

Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis. Photo: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA/PA Images

Unlikely as it may seem, beyond the politically-charged Brexit headlines, actual administrative work is taking place. Position papers are being crafted and ignored; requests for information are moving up and down the Whitehall communication chain; nearly a hundred UK civil servants were beavering away in Brussels during the initial negotiation round, and two new departments—the Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) and the Department for International Trade—are seeking to shore themselves up. We know, too,…

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