13:24 GMT13 August 2020
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    The UK government is "completely inept" and does not know what it is doing regarding withdrawal from the European Union, as evidenced by a leaked document that allegedly details the lack of a strategy on Brexit, Calum Walker, the chairman of the UK Independence Party in Scotland told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    EDINBURGH (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, UK media reported of a leaked government memo which mentioned that there are some 500 projects related to Brexit requiring 30,000 additional public employees to handle Brexit-related issues. According to the document, the authorities could need six extra months to decide on their priorities for leaving the European Union due to existing problems. The government denied having any knowledge of the memo, stating it was written by a private accounting firm.

    "Today’s leaked memo only highlights the fact that the government doesn’t know what they’re doing. We all knew what voting to leave the EU means. It means leave the EU and all her associated institutes. It means getting our sovereignty back and making our own trade deals. But yet the government is complete lost and doesn’t know where to begin or what to look for," Walker said.

    According to the official, the UK government has shown in recent months that it was completely out of touch with the people and "completely inept at dealing with situations they find unthinkable," such as the Brexit vote and the election of US President-elect Donald Trump.

    The Scottish UKIP Chairman added that the time had come for the people of the UK to "destroy" the UK establishment.

    "UKIP knows what Britain is capable of once free from the EU. We’ve spent the last 20 years planning for the day when we do leave. [Acting UKIP leader] Nigel Farage had the foresight to reach out to Trump and offer the hand of friendship. It’s time for the British people to destroy the establishment whose only concern is the status quo and choose UKIP whose vision for Britain will lead us out of the EU and into the world," Walker said.

    On June 23, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the European Union. According to the final results, 51.9 percent of voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit, while about 16.1 million opposed it.

    Prime Minister Theresa May plans to start the process of leaving the European Union in March by triggering article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, which will kick-start the withdrawal process and begin negotiations over the post-Brexit relationship with Europe. Experts have warned that the process would put UK institutions under significant strain and test their bureaucratic capacities to the limit.


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