Michael Gove – top of the great Brexit spenders- and first to use a dodge to bypass Parliament.
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The government is planning a Brexit spending spree this year without any say by Parliament.
Hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayer’s money will be spent setting up bodies to replace work done by the European Union some using a Whitehall wheeze devised by a Treasury mandarin to get round scrutiny by MPs.
Michael Gove, the environment secretary, is poised to be the first to use the new system to allow ministers to spend large sums of money on Brexit without the approval of Parliament.
Very simply the dodge involves turning on its head a procedure called an accounting direction – normally used when a senior mandarin -wants to challenge spending by a minister as illegal or questionable. It was most famously used when a senior civil servant…
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