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Brexit is ‘Defra’s biggest challenge,’ says top civil servant

Brexit will be Defra’s biggest challenge of 2017, says Clare Moriarty, the department’s permanent secretary.

“EU exit is, for the Defra group, a fundamental change which requires us to think differently about everything we do.”

Clare Moriarty, Defra permanent secretary

Currently 80% of Defra activity is shaped by the UK’s EU membership. As that changes, the department will need to “reimagine” itself and the services it provide, says Ms Moriarty.

“That’s pretty exciting, and there is lots of energy for thinking about opportunities to improve the environment and support the food and farming industry, and rural communities, outside the EU.”

Source: Civil Service World

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