THE Whitehall official heading the Brexit negotiating team has been shifted to a role as Theresa May’s EU adviser, triggering allegations yesterday that the government’s Brexit approach was in “chaos.”
Oliver Robbins has been moved from Brexit Secretary David Davis’s department but will “continue to lead the official-side UK team” in negotiations, according to a government spokesman.
It follows reports of personal differences between Mr Robbins and Mr Davis over the negotiations.
Moving key individuals at a critical time “adds a whole new dimension to government’s chaotic approach to Brexit,” shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said.
Lexit chairman Rob Griffiths said: “These transfers reflect divisions within the Tory government over how far to capitulate to the demands of big business and the EU Commission.
“Tragically, Mr Starmer is on the side of total capitulation to the single market and its four business freedoms.”
Meanwhile, Westminster unveiled a blueprint “future partnership” paper in the hope of striking a bespoke deal on security links with the EU.
The government wants a “comprehensive” framework underpinned by a new treaty. It claims that matching existing arrangements between the EU and other non-EU nations would result in a “limited patchwork.”