Leaked Brexit ‘Memo’: Lambasted By No.10 But Hailed By Ken Clarke

Europhile Tory former Cabinet minister Ken Clarke said that even if the new memo was not an official document, “the Government at the moment does not have an agreed strategy” on Brexit.

“That’s not surprising, that’s not a criticism. It wasn’t considered by people on either side of the argument in the run-up to the referendum, nor was it debated in the run-up to the referendum,” he told BBC Radio 4’s World at One.

He added that it would take “a good six months to get the right policy which minimises the damage and actually deals with the real world of how we can best manage our future relationships” with the EU and the rest of the world.

Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said: “Whatever the purpose of this memo, it is absolutely right about two things.

“First, the Government are in a mess over Brexit and do not have a plan.

“Second, the way Theresa May is handling this process shows that, just like her predecessor, she is putting the interests of her party before those of her country.”

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