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

by Conor McGlone
At least 17% 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 2.0
At least 17% 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 2.0

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