We are likely to get a deal with something for everyone – a ‘softish’ Brexit with May-style immigration controls. But the longer-term offers great opportunities.
Posts Tagged: civil service
Henry Newman: Amidst the row about neutrality, a big question looms. Is the civil service up to delivering Brexit effectively?
Whitehall has at times imperilled its reputation for neutrality, but there remains a positive ‘can-do’ attitude about Brexit. The Government should harness it.
“If they don’t, well, it’ll be like you and I negotiating when you’re very clear what you want and I haven’t got a clue. You’re going to win!”
“Some of these forecasts and inherently uncertain… I think it is fair to say that some of these forecasts have proven wrong in the past.”
It would allow the Prime Minister to gain support from the moderates of her party and, crucially, gain the initiative in the more centrist national debate.
Henry Newman: Enough! May must make up her mind on Brexit – or risk the collapse of her negotiating position.
It’s often suggested that the Remain wing of the Cabinet wouldn’t wear such a choice. I doubt it.
Fairly or unfairly, the pro-EU cause is already associated with elites. The arrival of the Withdrawal Bill in the Upper House will do nothing to diminish that impression.
Nick Faith: Five actions for new Secretaries of State as they get to grips with their new departments
Given Brexit, limited parliamentary time and a hung parliament, one priority is to demonstrate how leaving the EU will create specific opportunities for Britain.
As the civil service starts to grow again Conservatives must remember our mission to reduce bureaucracy
Francis Maude was responsible for a huge achievement in slimming down the numbers in Whitehall. His legacy is under threat.
Reconstructing May 1) She won’t win the battle for the future if Corbyn defines the battles of the past.
The Prime Minister has a long story of progressive toryism to tell. Moral authority must not be conceded to Labour.
My years of experience of the Whitehall machine tells me that the Government will have a fight on its hands. Ministers must push for reform.
“I stress that I became disillusioned with the Service, not with civil servants.” Maude’s Speaker’s Lecture – full text
The former minister for the Cabinet Office explains why his experiences have convinced him that reform is urgently needed.
The first article in a five-piece series by the author on how Britain must prepare for March 31 2019 – and has less than 600 days to get it right.
Plus: As I bask by a sun-illuminated swimming pool on holiday in Spain, I reflect on how the Spanish respond if you try to fiddle your water supply…
Are we being manipulated so that we accept, in due course, a smaller (but still very large) Brexit bill as a “good deal”?