Nearly 3,000 new jobs have been created across Whitehall to manage Brexit, David Davis revealed to the Cabinet at a meeting this morning. Many of the jobs are specialist roles, including 300 additional lawyers recruited to the Government Legal Department alone in the last year. The Government expects the number of posts to grow and HMRC has confirmed that it will recruit an additional 3,000-5,000 staff next year. The Brexit Secretary told his colleagues that extra investment was needed within HMRC, even in the event of a free trade deal with the EU – a point which has been made increasingly in recent weeks by many, such as Dover MP, Charlie Elphicke. Mr Davis emphasised that alongside the negotiations he is undertaking in Brussels, it was crucial that Whitehall put domestic preparations in place for the point at which we leave the EU. He also told the Cabinet that the Government was setting out “detailed delivery timelines” on plans which would prepare the country for any scenario, including ‘no deal’. The plans included the recruiting and training of new staff, new IT systems and extra investment to manage changes to regulation. The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, also told the Cabinet of the half a billion pounds that his department has already committed for Brexit preparations, with over £250 million in additional funding for the coming year. According to a Downing Street spokesman, there has been a “significant acceleration” in the planning in recent months as civil servants race to complete around 300 programmes designed to create a seamless transition on Brexit day. Earlier this month, Andrea Leadsom said the Government was “cranking up a gear” when in came to Brexit preparation after she announced that every government department now had a Brexit minister. The Prime Minister also told the Cabinet she was creating a new EU Exit and Trade sub-Committee, chaired by Damian Green, to speed up preparations. She informed her colleagues that she was extending the existing EU Exit and Trade (Negotiations) sub-Committee to become the EU Exit and Trade (Strategy and Negotiations) sub-Committee, which will consider strategic questions relating to the UK’s future partnership with the EU and the Government’s negotiating mandate. The full EUXT committee will continue, as well as the sub-committee on international trade and the Inter Ministerial Group on EU exit.