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Brexit-related “work streams” at Defra are likely to grow from 43 to about 70, with civil servants making plans for a possible “no-deal” outcome. Defra secretary Michael Gove has outlined the growing scale and complexity of leaving the EU faced by his department in a letter sent to Mary Creagh MP, chair of the influential Environment Audit Committee (EAC).