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The Brexit department should never have been created

Theresa May should wind down Dominic Raab's new ministry as soon as possible

By Andrew Greenway  

New Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab. Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Government departments have permanence baked into them. But apart from a few great offices of state — the Treasury, the Foreign Office, the Home Office — many end up as flashes in the pan. Vultures are already circling over the Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU). This does not come as a surprise. This is a department that should never have been formed in the first place.

So why was DExEU created? A large part of the answer is institutional habit. Whitehall rearranges departments…

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