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The civil service doesn’t have the skills to negotiate Brexit

Without radical reform, there's no chance of the UK getting a good deal

By Jonathan Marland  

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Read more: Brexit—the biggest challenge the civil service has ever faced?

In her speech last week, Prime Minister Theresa May set out the broad outline for Brexit negotiations and one day soon the starting gun will be fired.

The course that we are on concerns me because I believe that the civil service does not currently have the skill set to negotiate either an exit from the European Union or future trade deals. Time, of course, is on the government’s side as trade…

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