A leaked "Brexit update" memo from November 7th, obtained by The Times and BBC, showed that Prime Minister Theresa May was far from defining her Brexit negotiation strategy, despite calls from different industries for clarity on the issue.
"It may be six months before there is a view on priorities/negotiation strategy as the political situation in the UK and the EU evolves," the document said.
May has pledged to begin official negotiations with the EU next March, but the memo warns on "divisions within the Cabinet" that might make meeting that deadline harder.
The divisions are mostly between the three Brexit ministers – foreign secretary Boris Johnson, secretary of state for exiting the European Union David Davis and international trade secretary Liam Fox — and Chancellor Philip Hammond and business secretary Greg Clark.
"The Prime Minister is rapidly acquiring the reputation of drawing in decisions and details to settle matters herself — which is unlikely to be sustainable," the document said.
Business leaders and investors have repeatedly urged Number 10 to specify its Brexit plan so they can make investment decisions. Without clarity on the plan, such decisions could be put on hold and contract economic growth.