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Former Foreign Office chief admits telling colleagues he voted to stay in EU

Simon McDonald says department was in ‘mourning’ after 2016 referendum, leading him to reveal his personal views

The former top Foreign Office civil servant has acknowledged revealing to colleagues – including government ministers – that he voted to remain in the EU during the 2016 referendum.

Simon McDonald said he was speaking to colleagues shocked at the result in an effort to maintain credibility by stressing they must deliver the government’s policies, regardless of their personal views.

Laura Kuenssberg: State Of Chaos is being broadcast on BBC2 at 9pm.

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