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What explains the “Brexodus” from DExEU?

Ministers are fleeing David Davis’s Brexit department as power shifts to No 10

By Beth Oppenheim  

Brexit Secretary David Davis. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

The Department for Exiting the European Union has slowly haemorrhaged civil servants ever since its inception last year. A freedom of information request by Bloomberg revealed that 142 employees have already left the department. DExEU faced a destabilising spate of resignations shortly before Brexit negotiations began in June, which saw the departures of: Lord Bridges, previously Parliamentary Undersecretary of State, David Davis’s Chief of Staff James Chapman, the Director of Trade and Partnerships Antony Phillipson, and Minister of State and…

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