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Fancy a job dealing with Brexit “emergencies”?

The Government is quietly preparing for turbulence at the end of the transition period on December 31 - by taking on staff with “critical expertise” to work in the Energy Resilience and Emergency Response team at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

I’ve been told that the department has engaged a recruitment company to hire 120 Emergency Response Managers to work shifts from 6am to 11pm at a rate of up to £550 per day, including over the Christmas and New Year period.

Adverts for the six-month role say the successful recruits will ensure that BEIS is “effectively and efficiently responding to any potential issues that could arise at the end of the transition period as the UK enters its new partnership with the EU”.

Staff will be required to deliver reports and briefings for ministers and senior managers “at pace”, make decisions “based on reason and evidence” and deal with differences of opinion in a “prompt, calm and constructive manner”.

Part of their job will also be to “develop knowledge of BEIS risks, internal incident response plans and procedure and mitigation measures”.

It all sounds rather ominous.

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