Britain’s foreign aid department said 600 staff will be seconded to other departments as part of Theresa May’s contingency plans. The Department for International Development said civil servants will be moved over to “front line” departments such as the Department for Exiting the EU and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. They said it was part of “sensible” precautions, which showed the “flexibility” of the civil service, according to the Daily Mail.
But the redepolyment, which amounts to one-fifth of the department’s staff, has sparked concerns it could leave the department struggling to spend the Britain’s £14 billion aid budget.
The Whitehall call-up comes after Cabinet agreed to ramp up preparations for a no-deal Brexit.
The Cabinet agreed that no-deal planning should be the government’s “operational priority” in Tuesday’s morning crunch meeting.
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It comes after the Prime Minister told the Commons on Monday that MPs will vote on the Brexit deal during the third week in January.
Ministers look set to rubber-stamp plans to use a £2 billion Brexit fund to help Britain prepare for a no-deal Brexit.
And with only less than 100 days until Britain leaves the EU and Mrs May’s deal looking poised to collapse, the cabinet is intensifying its no-deal plans.
This week it also emerged that 3,500 soldiers are being “held at readiness” to support the Government put up its no deal plans.
Meanwhile, the European Union’s has also published no-deal Brexit plans for financial services, air transport and customs.
The plans have been published to ensure businesses and citizens are protected from “major disruption” caused by a no-deal exit.
EU Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis has warned the no-deal plans “cannot replicate benefit of withdrawal agreement or European Union membership”.
As part of the plans, the EU has proposed a temporary extension to aviation safety licences and outlined provisions to ensure air traffic can move between the UK and EU.