Senior civil servants slam PM for “wasting year” of Brexit negotiations

Theresa May has been accused of wasting the past the year of Brexit negotiations and running a “control freak” administration by senior civil servants involved in the UK’s exit from the EU.

The Financial Times reported that serving and former officials blame the PM’s handling of Brexit for alienating other EU states and repressing policy discussions.

May’s Brexit stance caused intense frustration within Whitehall between the EU referendum last year and this June’s general election, according to sources who spoke to the paper.

Civil servants say May prevented the UK’s Brexit negotiators from knuckling down by forcing through policies that were drawn up without the proper consultation of the cabinet.

They also say that May’s closest advisors blocked from her receiving “difficult” news from the EU.

Crossbench peer and former Foreign Office head, John Keer, told the paper: “It has been a completely wasted year while the Tories negotiated with themselves.

“There has been a sort of policy paralysis where Number 10 imposed a control freak freeze.”

The full Financial Times story can be found here.