Jessica Fino 20 Aug 2018 10:54am

Government pays Deloitte £2.6m for post-Brexit training

The government is paying Deloitte £2.6m to train its staff in post-Brexit international commercial disputes

The Trade Remedies Investigations Technical Training programme will be taught to staff of the new UK Trade Remedies Authority, which aims to be operational in time for Brexit.

The programme started in June and will run until February 2019, one month before the UK leaves the EU.

Deloitte is being paid £14,000 per day to design and deliver the training, which will be split into core modules for all staff and technical modules for about 100 investigations staff.

A Deloitte spokesperson said, “Leaving the EU presents a series of challenges and opportunities, never experienced before. Firms such as ours can help add vital capacity, expertise and insight supporting Whitehall and public services as they prepare and position themselves for the post-EU environment.”

The contract follows a clash between the Big Four firm and the government in 2016, when prime minister Theresa May’s office accused Deloitte of “touting for business” through an “unsolicited” analysis of the government’s Brexit strategy.

The memo was highly critical of May's leadership on Brexit, claiming she was “drawing in decisions and details to settle matters herself”. It said the prime minister’s attitude was unsustainable and could lead to senior civil servants having to intervene.

Deloitte said at the time that it regretted the publication of the note, and apologised for the “unintended disruption it caused government".

According to a report in The Times, the firm decided to not bid for lucrative central government contracts for the following six months.

However the government has since asked Deloitte to monitor the struggling support services and construction group Interserve.

In February, in the wake of the collapse of construction company Carillion, the Cabinet office asked Deloitte to advise on public sector contracts held by Interserve.