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Defra increases staff numbers to deliver Brexit

13th Mar 2018 / By Alistair Driver

Defra has taken on an extra 1,200 staff to work on Brexit, reversing years of declining staff numbers.

Six key departments will have spent approximately £400m on Brexit by the end of 2017/18, with Defra seeing the largest increase in its spending, with almost £100m approved by the Treasury for its EU exit work, according to a report by the Institute for Government.

At the time of the EU referendum, the civil service was at its smallest since the Second World War, and 20% smaller than at the start of the Coalition Government in 2010. Defra lost more than one in three members of staff between 2010 and 2016, but since the Brexit vote staff numbers have grown by around 65%.

y the end of this month it is due to have taken on an extra 1,200 people working directly on Brexit, as it seeks to develop a domestic agricultural policy to replace the Common Agriculture Policy.