Head of Civil Service: UK in 'pretty good shape' for No Deal

The Head of the Civil Service and Cabinet Secretary, Sir Mark Sedwill, has said that the UK is in “pretty good shape” when it comes to exiting the European Union without a deal on WTO terms.

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Even the BBC have quoted Sir Mark as saying at an Institute for Government event: “We have got the government in pretty good shape and public services in pretty good shape for it.”

He also said: “We did one of the most impressive pieces of cross-government work I’ve experienced in my career to make No Deal preparations in the run-up to the (original) March-April deadline.”

The comments were flagged by former Brexit Minister Chris Heaton-Harris.

Heaton-Harris quit his role under Theresa May due to her refusal to exit the EU without a deal. As he explained at the time: “I’ve had the responsibility to coordinate our preparations for if we were to leave the European Union without a negotiated deal.”

And in his view: “I truly believe our country would have swiftly overcome any immediate issues of leaving without a deal and gone on to thrive.”

Instead of the constant scaremongering and further delay, the country must prepare to exit the EU on 31st October with a WTO Brexit that delivers on the referendum result nearly three years on.