Brexit minister forced into apology for maligning civil service

Steve Baker under fire over claims civil servants attempted to sway policy with their economic models

One of Theresa May’s Brexit ministers has been forced to apologise after airing claims in parliament that civil servants had deliberately produced negative economic models to influence policy.

The comments resulted in Steve Baker being accused of maligning the civil service for the second time in a week after he previously told MPs that economic forecasts by officials were “always wrong”.

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