Latest Public Sector News

27.06.16

Civil Service boss calls for ‘calm and commitment’ to carry out Brexit task

The cabinet secretary has written to civil servants telling them “the task falls to us” to deliver a deal for the UK to leave the EU following last Thursday’s referendum.

The 52% vote in favour of leaving has sent shockwaves through the political establishment, with David Cameron standing down as prime minister, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn facing mass shadow cabinet resignations, and Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon saying the result is grounds for a second independence referendum.

In his letter following Friday’s result, Sir Jeremy Heywood, the head of the Civil Service, said: “Our duty as civil servants is clear. As the PM has said, ‘the will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered’.

“The task falls to us to support the government, and the new prime minister when appointed, in carrying forward the clear decision of the British people to leave the European Union and set a new direction for the country.

“I am confident that we will do this with our customary calm, integrity and commitment. And we will do so while ensuring other business continues as usual, serving the public with professionalism and pride.”

Dave Penman, general secretary of the Civil Service union the FDA, also confirmed that the Civil Service will continue to do its best to deliver stable leadership, saying: “At this time of political uncertainty, the people of the UK are already understanding the value of a permanent and politically neutral civil service.

“From contingency plans to deal with the inevitable economic turmoil, to shepherding government through a change of leadership and political directional more fundamental than most general elections, the Civil Service will ensure that the functions of government continue to serve our country and deliver our vital public services.”

He called for the new prime minister to “ensure that they provide the Civil Service with the resources and expertise necessary” to support negotiations for the UK’s exit from the EU.

It is not yet known when the UK will trigger Article 50, the clause in the Lisbon Treaty that will begin the two year process of leaving the EU.

(Image c. Stefan Rousseau from PA Wire and Press Association Images)

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become a PSE columnist? If so, click here.

Comments

Elizabeth Smith   27/06/2016 at 23:31

At last someone is talking some sense. The country is in turmoil and up to now no Political Leader has made a public call for calm, common sense and a commitment to just get on with life. The insults and aggression which has been shown to the majority voters is disgraceful and undemocratic. Thank you Sir Jeremy Heywood for giving us an assurance of a calm and continued excellent service form our Civil servants. it is much appreciated.

Add your comment

 

related

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been the r more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News

comment

Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >

interviews

Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >

the raven's daily blog

Utilising data to best deliver meaningful public services

14/11/2019Utilising data to best deliver meaningful public services

Public Sector Executive’s Matt Roberts explains how living in a modern, interconnected world, as we do, means public sector organisations cannot afford to ignore the rol... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >