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Lord O'Donnell, the former head of the civil service [Image: Getty].

Lord O’Donnell, the former head of the civil service [Image: Getty].

Didn’t Transport Secretary Chris Grayling (among others in the Conservative Government) say more or less the exact opposite of what former Cabinet Secretary Gus O’Donnell is saying here?

I’ll give you a clue: Yes. Yes, he did.

Now you have one more clue than Mr Grayling. He is clearly clueless.

And – as far as plans for exiting the EU are concerned – his government is clearly hopeless.

The civil service is not ready for the enormous task of driving through Brexit, former Cabinet Secretary Gus O’Donnell has warned.

The former head of the civil service added his voice to the growing number of former Whitehall leaders and organisations highlighting the daunting problems ahead.

Lord O’Donnell also echoed criticisms that Brexit will “crowd out” the ability of the civil service to perform other key task, after years of severe cuts – without a big recruitment drive.

Source: The civil service isn’t ready for enormity of Brexit, says former Cabinet Secretary | The Independent

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