Sajid Javid has ordered HMRC to make no-deal Brexit planning its "absolute top priority".
Treasury sources said the letter from Mr Javid was an instruction to "Whitehall's unruliest department" to prepare for no deal.
In the letter to Thompson, Sajid Javid said:
"HMRC must make no deal preparation their absolute top priority as the UK prepares to exit the European Union on 31st October 2019, with or without a deal."He said HMRC must deliver "critical internal systems and staffing" to function on October 31, including the 5,000-plus additional staff required to support and handle the increase in businesses making customs declarations.
Mr Javid also said HMRC should work across Whitehall to set up an "ambitious" central helpline to support firms with concerns about Brexit.
He said customs officials must work with counterparts from the Treasury, Home Office, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Border Force to deliver the "necessary changes to customs, tax and welfare arrangements in order to ensure a smooth exit and transition".
An excellent kick arse approach!
Pretty fucking appalling that the Treasury regard HMRC as being the unruliest department in Whitehall!
Tax does have to be taxing.
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