Doughty – New report shows Brexit is clogging up Government pipes like world’s largest fatberg

The new edition of the annual Whitehall Monitor report, published today (Thursday 25th January) by the Institute for Government, details how “political turbulence and ministerial turnover – particularly at junior levels – have disrupted the Government’s preparations for Brexit, its ability to pass crucial legislation and its capacity to deal with urgent public service challenges.”

The report also describes how “turnover at the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) has been notable. Only the Secretary of State, David Davis, and one other minister (Robin Walker) have remained in place since the department was created in July 2016…the National Audit Office has reported that DExEU’s staff turnover is 9% a quarter, when most departments average 9% a year.” Furthermore, the Government has introduced only five of the nine new bills it says are needed for Brexit, and a third of the Government’s major projects worth over £1bn are at risk of not being delivered on time and on budget.

Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“This new report shows that Brexit is clogging up the pipes of Government like the world’s largest fatberg, preventing anything else from getting through.

“The key department responsible for delivering Brexit is in turmoil, with a staff turnover rate far above the average. This is not surprising considering hard-working civil servants are being asked to do the impossible by the hard Brexit fanatics in Government.

“Important projects and legislation are now bogged down in the knee-deep mud of Brexit, which is turning out to be much more complicated than anyone could have known during the referendum. As the vision of Brexit sold to the British public becomes increasingly undeliverable, people have every right to keep an open mind about whether it’s the right path for the country.”


Notes to editors:

The full report will be available online here (from 00:01 on Thursday, 25th January 2018).