19:29 Nov. 15, 2016
The UK leaves the European Union - and doing it with its eyes closed, The Times reveals
The British government has no decent strategy on leaving the European Union and Theresa May's cabinet is deeply split over Brexit details, a memorandum prepared by a consultancy firm Deloitte and leaked to The Times newspaper reveals.
According to the document covering present situations of the British government, PM Theresa May is trying to control key Brexit questions herself while her senior ministers are divided and the civil service is in turmoil.
The current turmoil and splits within the cabinet cause at least 6 months of future deliberations before a distinguished plan on leaving the EU and negotiations is worked out, says the document. Moreover, even bigger discontent is caused by evolving political situation in both Britain and other key EU nations. Among them are Germany and France facing crucial elections in 2017, when Theresa May promises to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, initiating an actual withdrawal from the Union.
May's cabinet is split into two camps with Foreign Secretary Boris Jonson, Trade Minister Liam Fox and Brexit Minister David Davis standing for leaving the EU firmly and with finance minister Philip Hammond and Business Secretary Greg Clark on the other side, the memo says.
These problems in their part make the PM engage herself with the survival of her own government rather than resolving business and economy matters in the eve of Brexit.
As reported previously, British prime minister Theresa May is to start a 2-year period of negotiations on leaving the EU in March 2017.