Brexit - The Leavocrats

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Lord Gus O'Donnell, the former head of the British Civil Service, returns to Whitehall to find out how his ex-colleagues are gearing up to take on what's been described as the Service's greatest challenge since the Second World War - making Brexit happen.

He goes behind the scenes at the newly formed Department for Exiting the European Union to hear directly from those charged with unpicking the thousands of pieces of legislation built up over 40 years in the EU - legislation which has a huge impact on our everyday lives.

Amongst others, he talks to the Department's Secretary of State David Davis and to the usually unseen and unheard civil servants, like his successor Sir Jeremy Heywood and Dexit's Permanent Secretary Olly Robbins.

He also talks to banks and retailers about how our often maligned bureaucrats will play a key role in shaping the future of UK PLC.

Producer: Will Yates

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

He goes behind the scenes at the newly formed Department for Exiting the European Union to hear directly from those charged with unpicking the thousands of pieces of legislation built up over 40 years in the EU - legislation which has a huge impact on our everyday lives.