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Philip Rycroft: The inside story of the Brexit 'vortex'



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Philip Rycroft, the permanent secretary of the Department for Exiting the EU 2017-2019, made his first Cambridge appearance in a new role as senior distinguished visiting fellow at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy on Thursday (October 3).

Philip Rycroft, former head of DExEU, delivers his speech. Picture: Keith Heppell
Philip Rycroft, former head of DExEU, delivers his speech. Picture: Keith Heppell

In an introduction of great warmth Stephen Toope, the vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge, reminded the full house at the Gillespie Centre that Mr Rycroft – a former pupil at The Leys – had been director-general of the deputy prime minister’s office in 2012, where he served until the general election in May 2015. After a gap year as head of the UK Governance Group, he became Second Permanent Secretary at the Department for Exiting the EU before being appointed Permanent Secretary in 2017.

“It’s as if he deliberately set out to find the fault lines of the country’s politics,” mused Prof Toope of Mr Rycroft's CV.



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