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Leaked memo: UK has no Brexit strategy yet

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>> Britain's government still doesn't have a Brexit strategy and needs another six months to come up with one. That's according to a leaked memo seen by The Times newspaper and the BBC. Ministers say they don't recognize the document. It claims the government has been unable to agree a plan because the cabinet is so divided over how to proceed.
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Reuters Westminster correspondent Kylie MacLellan.>> The memo highlights what have become increasingly obvious divisions within the cabinet between the three Brexiteers on side, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Trade Minister Liam Fox, and Brexit Minister David Davis who favor a cleaner break with Europe, a so called hard Brexit. And on the other side the chancellor Phillip Hammond and the business secretary Greg Clarke who are keener to protect the interests of the city and business in future negotiations.
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>> The memo also says officials are working on more than 500 separate Brexit projects. It estimates 30,000 civil servants could be needed to process all that work. But there may not be any money for that kind of hiring spree.>> It's very unlikely, the memo also says that in the upcoming autumn statements which if the chancellor is due to give on the 23rd of November that he won't set out any more money for hiring extra civil servants to cope with Brexit.
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So it's likely, although they may hire a few extra, they won't get anywhere near the kind of tens and thousands it mentions. And they will just have to deal with it within their existing workforce.>> If few extra people are hired, Brexit still won't come cheap. Civil servants are likely to be put in some very big overtime bills in the years ahead.