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Changing of the guard: what the next cabinet secretary needs to know

Mark Sedwill’s successor will be tasked, ultimately, with sustaining the institutions of our democracy

By Philip Rycroft  

The Cabinet Office building on Whitehall.Photo: SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA Images

The civil service faces its most challenging 12 months in a generation. The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has upended the economy, but public services too will take months to get back on an even keel. Meanwhile, in a unique experiment, the UK will be busy extricating itself from the single market and customs union under the terms of a deal which is some way from being concluded or, perhaps, with no deal at all.

An interesting time…

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