750 senior civil servants will be moved to Brexit department and not be replaced

“Sir Jeremy Heywood, the cabinet secretary, is planning to relocate at least 750 policy experts from across Whitehall to five key Brexit departments without any extra cash to cover the cost of replacing them.

In further evidence of the drain upon resources by Britain’s complex negotiations to leave the EU, the head of the civil service asked last month for experienced policy developers to be prepared to move as soon as possible.

The “policy professionals” will go to the Department for Exiting the EU), the Department for International Trade, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Home Office.

Senior Whitehall mandarins from non-Brexit departments have been warned to expect further demands for more senior staff in the long term, according to leaked emails.

There will be no extra resources given to the Brexit departments to recruit the new staff or to non-Brexit departments to replace those who have moved, the Cabinet Office has indicated.

The move will draw upon a dwindling band of experienced civil servants who develop policy for central government. Those being asked to move are ranked from executive officers to departmental directors….”

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