Brexit Britain: Are we heading for a messy departure?

“Brexit is an opportunity,” said the Prime Minister yesterday. “It’s an opportunity for us to get out there and embrace the world and I think the world is waiting.”

But it may not be an easy one to grasp. Also speaking yesterday, Amyas Morse, the head of the National Audit Office, described the exit process as Britain’s “biggest peacetime challenge”. That, he said, was “only just beginning to click into awareness” for those in government.

“The government needs to act as far as possible in a unified way and we have an issue there because of departmental government,” he added.

“What we don’t want to find is that at the first tap, this falls apart like a chocolate orange.”

Ministers rebuffed Morse’s warning, but there is broad agreement around Westminster that difficulties lie ahead.

The Brexit department has suffered a difficult week, with warnings raised about the nuclear regulation, consumer air travel and customs declarations – and a lukewarm reaction to the so-called “great repeal bill”.


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