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Cameron sets up 'Brexit unit' to deal with civil service work

David Cameron has established a new unit to deal with Brexit Credit: PA

David Cameron has established a new unit to lead intensive civil service work for Brexit negotiations under his successor.

The creation of the civil service unit - dubbed the "Brexit unit" - was approved by a special Cabinet meeting called on Monday morning.

Cabinet minister Oliver Letwin has been asked to carry out a "facilitative" role taking views from within and outside Government on what the next steps should be, Downing Street said.

The new unit will prepare options and advice for the new prime minister, but will have no decision-making powers on the nature of Britain's future relationship with the EU, Cameron's official spokeswoman said.