Civil service turns to Big Four for help over Brexit trade negotiations

THE UK’s top civil servant has held talks with KPMG, EY and consultants McKinsey as part of efforts to prepare for Brexit.

Britain is seeking to second consultants to boost a civil service with almost no experience of complex trade negotiations, and Sir Jeremy Heywood has held talks with the Big Four firms as he prepares for a negotiation, Brussels, the Financial Times reports.

The firms told Sir Jeremy that their staff were already stretched dealing with the fallout of Brexit. The government’s professional and business services council, which includes the Big Four, has been asked to provide staff.

PwC, which, alongside Deloitte, was one of the companies represented at a meeting last week of the council, said it was ‘ready to help as required’, the paper said.

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