Foreign Office in Mourning: Civil Servants ‘In Tears’ after Brexit Vote, says Former Top Official

Simon McDonald, Crossbench Peer , @UKHouseofLords, . Former Permanent Under-Secretary, FCO & Head of HM Diplomatic Service. Master-elect , @christs_college,

Shocking Admission

A former top official at the Foreign Office has revealed that civil servants were "in tears" and the department was in a "state of mourning" following the Brexit vote.

Lord McDonald's Confession

In an interview for Laura Kuenssberg's new BBC 2 series State of Chaos, Lord McDonald, former Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office, admitted that he voted to remain in the European Union. He decided to let his colleagues and ministers know about his vote, as he felt they would assume it anyway.

Atmosphere of Grief

Lord McDonald described the atmosphere in the Foreign Office after the Brexit vote as one of mourning. People were reportedly in shock and many were in tears due to the historic decision.

Impartiality Breached

The Civil Service code states that officials must maintain impartiality and keep their political views private. Lord McDonald's admission reveals a breach of this code.

Reactions from Former Officials

Former Deputy Cabinet Secretary Helen MacNamara expressed her surprise and questioned why Lord McDonald's admission would be beneficial. Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond defended the Treasury's position, saying they were seeking a soft Brexit.

Don't miss Laura Kuenssberg: State of Chaos on BBC Two, Monday 11th September at 9pm.