Commenting on Sir Amyas Morse's recent remarks to the Commons Brexit Select Committee, FDA Assistant General Secretary Amy Leversidge said:
“Across the country, civil servants are working tirelessly to prepare the UK for Brexit and it is absurd that Government secrecy should prevent them doing their jobs.
“Sir Amyas Morse’s remarks are deeply disturbing and must be answered by the Prime Minister immediately. Civil servants should be trusted with implementing policy and they must be trusted with the information needed to do so - not forced to scrounge facts from National Audit Office reports.
“Massive challenges lie ahead. It is imperative that civil servants have access to the resources that enable them to face these challenges and do their job.”
Notes for editors
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2. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants' union".
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