DEFRA ‘unprepared for Brexit’ after slashing staff in referendum run-up

At least a sixth of DEFRA staff left the department in the period before the EU referendum while remaining employees were forbidden from planning for a Leave result

At least a sixth of DEFRA’s core staff body left through redundancy or voluntary exit schemes after the EU referendum was announced. Photograph: Steph Gray CC BY-SA 2.0The loss of colleagues and expertise before the EU referendum has left the environment department’s workforce swamped with work and demotivated, ENDS has learned. 

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