Thursday, August 01, 2019

Making sure Britain is ready to leave the EU

The Chancellor has announced £2.1 billion to intensify preparations to leave the EU to ensure Britain is ready to leave on 31 October with or without a deal. 

  • The government has doubled Brexit funding for this year, 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 money 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 on 31 October. 
  • In total, the government has made available £6.3 billion to prepare for Brexit, including £4.2 billion this financial year alone. 

Why this matters

The government wants a new deal – one that abolishes the backstop which has failed three times to get through the House of Commons. Unfortunately, the EU have so far refused to consider making any changes to the Withdrawal Agreement; we hope they change their mind. If they do not, Britain will leave the EU without an agreement on 31 October, and this additional £2.1 billion will ensure we are ready.

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