Cabinet Secretary and Civil Service Chief Executive questioned on Brexit preparedness

28 February 2019

On the morning after the latest round of Brexit-related debate and votes in the Commons Chamber, the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee will hear from the Cabinet Secretary and Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary and Civil Service Chief Executive on how the Civil Service is preparing for the UK’s departure from the EU. 


With the Government still seeking a Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration that can secure a majority in the Commons, the current situation will see the UK leave the European Union on 29 March without an agreement: a no-deal scenario.

Whilst the Prime Minister has continued to emphasise her intention to secure a majority for a negotiated departure, preparations for a no-deal exit are underway across Government.

Purpose of the session

In this session, members of the Committee will question Sir Mark Sedwill (Cabinet Secretary and National Security Adviser) and John Manzoni (Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive of the Civil Service) about how ready the Civil Service is for a no-deal exit.

The Committee is expected to focus in particular on what primary and secondary legislation Parliament needs to be in place exit day, and how preparations for no deal are being managed across Government departments.

Members are also expected to examine the Civil Service’s capacity to make the necessary administrative preparations and what impact Brexit will have on its longer-term strategy and priorities. 


Thursday 28 February 2019, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

From 10.00am

  • Sir Mark Sedwill, Cabinet Secretary and National Security Adviser
  • John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office

Further information

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