The Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) has identified 313 areas, across all departments, where work needs to be done as a consequence of leaving the European Union (EU). Departments must plan for both a negotiated and a ‘no deal’ scenario, to be ready for when we formally leave the EU in March 2019. The task of implementing the UK’s Exit from the EU will require government to develop new policies to operate post-Exit, put in place the necessary primary and secondary legislation, and establish new processes and systems, including in some instances building new infrastructure and setting up new IT systems. The scale of work is substantial and must be completed at pace. The skills required to manage these tasks, particularly in the specialisms of project management, digital and commercial, were already in short supply in government before the need to prepare for Brexit.
A number of departments at the centre are involved in supporting government’s implementation of Brexit. DExEU was set up specifically to manage the process of Brexit from the centre of government and has responsibility for overall coordination and strategy. The Cabinet Office, and the functions that sit within it, have a key role in ensuring departments have the people and skills they need. HM Treasury has overall responsibility for public spending, allocating additional funding for Brexit work as necessary.
6 February 2018