London: The British official who was in charge of Brexit border preparations, Karen Wheeler, has left her job, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs says.
"I would like to thank Karen for her outstanding work leading the Border Deliver Group to prepare the UK for EU Exit and we wish her well for her retirement," Jonathan Thompson, HMRC Chief Executive, said in a statement to Reuters.
"We shall be announcing her successor in due course," he said.
Brexit banners lie on the ground near Parliament in London.Credit:AP
Wheeler did not respond to a request for comment and the reason for her departure was unclear.
Wheeler's job was to ensure that the United Kingdom's borders remained efficient and secure as it exits the EU. She was the lead coordinator across the British government on ensuring a "frictionless" border after Brexit.
The United Kingdom could be heading towards a constitutional crisis as many of the candidates vying to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May are prepared to leave the EU on October 31 without a deal, but Parliament has indicated it will try to thwart such a scenario.
May's failure to deliver Brexit by the original March 29 deadline destroyed her premiership. She is due to stand down on Friday, UK time, but will stay on until the next prime minister is chosen. That leader expected to be in place by the last days of July, will face the same deadlocked political system.
That has raised concerns among investors and business leaders that the United Kingdom could be heading for an abrupt, no-deal exit from the EU for which it is not yet ready.
Wheeler said earlier this year that there was no magic technological solution for preventing a hard border in Ireland after Brexit.
She said the United Kingdom would need a customs union with the EU, plus something that looks like a single market, to have completely free movement of goods across the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.
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