DEFRA allocated 3% of no-deal Brexit funding

DEFRA has been allocated just £35m of the £1.1bn set aside by the Treasury to plan for a no-deal Brexit.

According to a Treasury spokesperson, the money allocated to DEFRA is expected to be used primarily for IT support and communications purposes.

The total funding package was announced by the government last week. In total, an extra £2.1bn was made available by chancellor Sajid Javid in response to the increasing likelihood of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.

Of this, £1.1bn is being made available immediately for matters such as more border force officers, better port infrastructure and securing access to medicines, with a further £1bn held in reserve.

Some of the money – £138m – will be used for a public information campaign, while £108m is being spread across government departments to "promote and support businesses, to ensure they are ready for Brexit".

This comes on top of £4.2bn, which has been allocated since 2016 for Brexit preparations by the previous chancellor, Philip Hammond.

Source: ENDS Report


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