Defra staff’s emotional wellbeing is at ‘amber-red’ according to the department’s permanent secretary, Claire Moriarty CB.

Speaking to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee about Defra’s preparations for Brexit, the high-ranking civil servant initially said that she thought morale was “holding up pretty well”. However, when pressed further by Angela Steed MP, Moriarty said: “I am personally constantly concerned about wellbeing and the resilience of other people and the amount of work that they have to do at a great pace. We are seeing some people being under quite a lot of stress […] we have put in place better access to counselling.”