The chances of the UK leaving the EU without a deal are looking increasingly likely after the government announced funding of billions to turbo-charge no deal preparations.
The new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, yesterday announced an immediate cash boost to help get the UK ready for Brexit.
The move sees Brexit funding for this year double, with £1.1 billion being provided to departments and the devolved administrations immediately, and a further £1 billion made available, should it be needed.
The funding will be used for border and customs operations, critical medical supplies, support for UK nationals abroad, and an awareness campaign to ensure the public and businesses are ready to leave the EU.
In total, the Treasury has now made £6.3 billion available to prepare for leaving the EU, including £4.2 billion funding this financial year alone.
“With 92 days until the UK leaves the European Union, it’s vital that we intensify our planning to ensure we are ready,” said Javid. “We want to get a good deal that abolishes the anti-democratic backstop. But if we can’t get a good deal, we’ll have to leave without one. This additional £2.1 billion will ensure we are ready to leave on 31st October – deal or no deal.
The targeted funding will support critical operations, including:
– £344 million to help get new border and customs operations ready.
– £434 million to help ensure continuity of vital medicines and medical products, including through freight capacity, warehousing and stockpiling.
– £108 million to promote and support businesses to ensure they are ready for Brexit, including a national programme of business readiness and helping exporters to prepare for, and capitalise on, new opportunities.
– £138 million to boost public communications, including:
* A new information campaign to help people and businesses get ready to leave on 31 October.
* Increasing consular support and information for Brits living abroad.
* Support for local areas including Northern Ireland.
In addition to the £1.1 billion immediate funding, the Chancellor has also committed today that a further £1 billion will be available for all departments and the devolved administrations to enhance operational preparedness for the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 October.
Departments will be invited to submit bids to the Treasury if they require additional funding, and the devolved administrations can submit bids where they face disproportionate pressures compared to England.
Article published 1st August 2019