DEFRA staffing needs jump as Gove admits Brexit workload higher than expected

Further concerns have been raised over DEFRA’s ability to cope with preparations to leave the EU, while department struggles to set up new environment watchdog

DEFRA office front door
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DEFRA has identified further Brexit-related work for its staff than previously thought. Meanwhile, the department has yet to recruit staff to lead work on the new environment watchdog promised by government.

The number of Brexit-related work streams at the environment department is now estimated at 70, compared to 43 originally identified, environment secretary Michael Gove has revealed.

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