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Head of Public Sector at Deloitte UK responds to the EU Referendum result

24 June 2016

Mike Turley, UK and global head of public sector at Deloitte, the business advisory firm, said:

“While every part of the UK economy starts to grapple with the implications of our departure from the EU, just one – the public sector – will ultimately be responsible for its implementation. Today, civil servants will be bracing themselves and waiting to understand what the political fallout will mean for them. But business as usual will need to continue –taxes will need to be collected and public services will need to be delivered.

“Looking back on the campaigns, both sides described a stark, binary choice of in or out. But the reality is infinitely more complex. Forty years of regulations, directives and agreements have blurred the legislative lines between the UK and EU and the government needs to decide how to opt out of each element of our integration and what alternatives need to be in place, from agricultural policy to more complex arrangements such as human rights.

“The process of leaving the EU will be a marathon not a sprint. There will be complex challenges that need Whitehall’s brightest to deliver them. As the campaign rhetoric fades, Brexit becomes a reality with its own operational, administrative and political challenges. Whitehall will kick into what it knows best, how to successfully run the business of government against a backdrop of political uncertainty, something which it is very accustomed to doing.”


Notes to editors

About Deloitte
In this press release references to Deloitte are references to Deloitte LLP, which is among the country's leading professional services firms.

Deloitte LLP is the United Kingdom member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”), a UK private company limited by guarantee, whose member firms are legally separate and independent entities. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of DTTL and its member firms.

Member of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.

Mark Smith
Deloitte LLP
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