Leslie – Right for the NAO to investigate ‘Brexit divorce bill’

The National Audit Office has today announced it will launch a probe into the ‘reasonableness’ of the £39 billion ‘Brexit divorce bill’ the Government has agreed with the EU.

Their announcement came in response to a letter from Conservative MP and Chair of the Treasury select committee, Nicky Morgan, asking them to do so. The NAO expect their report to be completed by March.

Commenting, Chris Leslie MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“Nobody mentioned during the referendum that we’d have to pay billions of pounds in a Brexit divorce bill in return for a much worse relationship with our largest trade partner. It is a far cry from the £350m a week bonanza promised by ministers.

“With our NHS in crisis and public services struggling, the Government must be transparent about how all taxpayers’ money in spent, so it is right for the National Audit Office to investigate the Brexit divorce bill.

“The economic cost of Brexit will be huge – this is just the tip of the iceberg. If the British people decide these costs aren’t worth it, they have every right to keep an open mind about whether it’s really the right path for the country.”

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Notes to editors:

More information on the NAO’s announcement of a probe into the Brexit ‘divorce bill’ can be read here.