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U.K. Denies Report That Brexit Workload Is Swamping Officials

  • Memo dated Nov. 7 said companies will make demands like Nissan
  • Rebuffed report said trigger won’t be pulled until September

The U.K. denied a report that it may have to hire an extra 30,000 civil servants to deal with the growing workload leading up to Brexit negotiations in March.

The Times of London reported late Monday that government departments are being swamped as they develop more than 500 projects related to leaving the European Union, citing a leaked Cabinet Office document.

The government said it did not commission the report and it has not been presented to ministers. The memo, dated Nov. 7 warned that companies will demand government promises matching those made to Japan’s Nissan Motor Co Ltd to keep its operations in the U.K., the Times said.

“This is not a government report and we don’t recognize the claims made in it,” the Cabinet Office said in an e-mailed statement. “We are focused on getting on with the job of delivering Brexit and making a success of it.”

Prime Minister Theresa May might have to postpone invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty until September, rather than by March as she plans, because of disagreements within Cabinet over priorities, the paper said, without saying where it got the information.

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