13:10 GMT13 August 2020
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    UK Prime Minister Theresa May's plans to launch Brexit talks by the end of March 2017 may be undermined due to a split within the Cabinet, heavy workload of lawmakers and funding issues.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to The Times, a memo prepared by an unidentified consultant and circulated in the government said that the authorities could need extra six months to decide on their priorities for leaving the European Union due to the existing problems.

    "Individual departments have been busily developing their projects to implement Brexit, resulting in well over 500 projects, which are beyond the capacity and capability of government to execute quickly," the newspaper cited the memo.

    Regarding the intergovernmental split, the memo pointed out that some of the prominent parliamentarians had serious disagreements on the Brexit plan.

    "Despite extended debate among permanent secretaries, no common strategy has emerged," the memo said.

    The memo also warned that there would probably be a "further squeeze on spending on departmental operating costs to compensate for new spending."

    Besides, the memo criticized May’s style of governance, saying that her way of "drawing in decisions and details to settle matters herself" could not be sustained.

    According to a government source cited by The Times, the memo was prepared under initiative of its author and not commissioned by the government.

    On June 23, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the 28-nation bloc. According to the final results, some 52 percent of voters decided to support Brexit. Following the referendum, May said that she intended to trigger Article 50 on leaving the European Union by the end of March 2017.


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