Whitehall should publish the findings of ‘Project After’ to clarify the direction of UK industrial strategy in the case of no-deal

There are plans under discussion in Whitehall to cope with the long-term consequences of a no-deal Brexit. Dubbed Project After, these plans involve Whitehall officials poring over the government’s entire portfolio of tax and spending commitments and how they might be adjusted once the UK tumbles out of the European Union’s single market and tariff-free customs area.

Civil servants operating under the watchful eye of cabinet secretary Mark Sedwill are also examining reforms to the regulatory landscape and, separately, how they might put a rocket under what currently passes for a policy to encourage businesses to locate in Britain’s economic hinterlands.

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