‘STEP ASIDE!’ Leading Leave campaigner calls for Brexiteers to REPLACE civil servants

CIVIL servants should “step aside” if they think negotiating Brexit is “too difficult” and let “competent business Brexiteers” do the job, leading Brexit campaigner Richard Tice has said.

The co-chairman of the pro-Brexit Leave Means Leave campaign group said there is an “advantage” to the short time frame that Britain has to negotiate a deal with the European Union in time for Brexit.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It concentrates the mind. It focuses attention.”

Mr Tice then took a savage swipe at the civil service. He said: “And, frankly, if the civil servants are saying that there’s not enough time, it’s all too difficult, they can’t do it, then actually they should step aside and let us private sector competent business Brexiteers come in and do the job because we know we can.”

Mr Tice also ridiculed comments made by the former head of the Home Civil Service Lord Kerslake, who said earlier in the show that Britain may have to “pause” it’s exit from the EU and “re-examine” its decision to leave the bloc if the Government is unable to strike a deal with Brussels.

Lord Kerslake claimed it is “necessary” to delay Brexit and insisted it is “not too late” to “reopen the question” on whether the UK should proceed with Brexit.

Mr Tice hit back at he Remainer Peer’s Brexit intervention and said it was an effort to “soften people up” for a delay to Britain’s withdrawal.

He said: “That would be absolutely appalling.

“People up and down the country would be furious that our civil servants and Government have deliberately ignored the will of the people.

“What we have just heard from Lord Kerslake is part of the deliberate negativity from the Civil Service who are looking to soften people up in order to extend Article 50.

“It is completely unacceptable.”

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt suggested on Thursday that failure to strike a Brexit deal could fuel “regret for generations” of Britons.

Speaking at the end of a three-day tour to EU capitals to promote the Prime Minister’s Chequers deal, Mr Hunt claimed a “messy, ugly divorce” would ultimately change the relationship British citizens have with other EU member states.

Sitting down with ITV’s Robert Peston on Thursday, the Tory frontbencher said: “It is very important we are prepared for all outcomes.

“That was something I discussed this morning with Steff Blok, the Dutch Foreign minister. We have to be prepared for that, we don’t want that to happen.

“It would be a mistake that we would regret for generations if we have a messy, ugly divorce. Inevitably that will change British attitudes to Europe.”

August 18th, 2018: Express