Ready, steady, Brexit

So according to the memo leaked to The Times, Theresa May’s Government have not yet formulated any strategy for Brexit, have no real idea what they are doing (despite having an entire Government Department devoted to the process) and need an unfathomably large number of additional civil servants to steer us through the troubled waters that lie ahead.

Quelle surprise, I hear many people saying. This is nothing that will shock the public, and I am not sure that many people who have an inkling of what the Brexit process will be like actually thought the Government would know what their plans would be. In all reality, May has been Prime Minister for just a few months and given the impact Brexit will have on our country, surely we would prefer her and her Ministers to take the time to think things through and work out priorities and a negotiating path.

In which case, why pretend otherwise? Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, on the Today programme this morning trotted out the Government line that they do not recognise the accusations made and this was not commissioned by the Government. But would we not have more respect for our PM and her Ministerial Team if they ‘fessed up’ and admitted that this is taking rather longer than they had hoped for or anticipated? Whilst the Government does not want to create panic they must also be acutely aware that the general public are not that daft and would appreciate honesty from politicians.

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f the political spectrum, I am not sure that the public do want a running commentary on progress (or otherwise), strategies and tactics. Are not most actually impatient to see Article 50 triggered and the process begin?

In the meantime, the PM and her team are faced with the unenviable task of keeping the media at bay, working through this process and undoubtedly hitting many brick walls along the way. I say good luck to them – I bet Cameron, Osborne et al are glad to be a long way away from Downing Street.