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Report: UK government said to have no plan for Brexit

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May, reacts during a visit to Diabetes UK, where she opened their new charity headquarters in east London, Monday Nov. 14, 2016. Britain will be a "global champion of free trade," according to details of a speech by Prime Minister Theresa May released Monday, acknowledging that the U.S. election of Donald Trump and the U.K. vote to leave the European Union mark an era of profound world change. (Jack Taylor / PA via AP)

    British Prime Minister Theresa May, reacts during a visit to Diabetes UK, where she opened their new charity headquarters in east London, Monday Nov. 14, 2016. Britain will be a "global champion of free trade," according to details of a speech by Prime Minister Theresa May released Monday, acknowledging that the U.S. election of Donald Trump and the U.K. vote to leave the European Union mark an era of profound world change. (Jack Taylor / PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • British Secretary of State for the Department of Exiting the European Union David Davis, centre, meets Aviation Minister Lord Ahmad, left, and Chief Executive of London City Airport, Declan Collier at the east London airport, Monday Nov. 14, 2016. Britain will be a "global champion of free trade," according to a speech by Prime Minister Theresa May, acknowledging that the U.S. election of Donald Trump and the U.K. vote to leave the European Union marking an era of profound world change. (Stefan Rousseau / PA via AP)

    British Secretary of State for the Department of Exiting the European Union David Davis, centre, meets Aviation Minister Lord Ahmad, left, and Chief Executive of London City Airport, Declan Collier at the east London airport, Monday Nov. 14, 2016. Britain will be a "global champion of free trade," according to a speech by Prime Minister Theresa May, acknowledging that the U.S. election of Donald Trump and the U.K. vote to leave the European Union marking an era of profound world change. (Stefan Rousseau / PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

London's Times newspaper says a leaked memo prepared for Britain's Cabinet Office says the government has no plan for leaving the European Union and may need to hire up to 30,000 people to complete the country's exit from the 28-nation bloc.

The newspaper reported Tuesday that the memo says splits within Prime Minister Theresa May's team have delayed development of a negotiating strategy and that it may take another six months to come up with a plan.

The government plans to trigger the formal process of leaving the EU by April.

The Nov. 7 memo written by a consultant says that "despite extended debate among (department) permanent secretaries, no common strategy has emerged."

It says this is partly because May is "drawing in decisions and details to settle matters herself."