Civil servants have been accused of blocking Brexit laws as Jacob Rees-Mogg launches a major review of Whitehall.
The probe, instigated by Mr Rees-Mogg, the minister for government efficiency, will investigate whether ministers’ decisions are being properly implemented and whether officials are “extracting maximum value from taxpayers’ money”.
It comes amid concerns among Cabinet ministers that civil servants are “standing in the way” of government policy by “dragging their feet” over enacting policies that they disagree with.
“Over the last few years there has been a growing feeling that while lots of parts of the Civil Service have got bigger, have they got more effective?” a senior government source said.
“Are ministers’ decisions properly being taken forward? Are things agreed at Cabinet actually happening? Is the machine standing in the way of things happening by our elected government?”