Leslie – Surprising the Government thinks it’s a good idea to spend £500 million planning for an extreme, no-deal Brexit

 

 

The Government announced today it is planning to spend £500 million preparing for a no-deal Brexit. They are also planning to hire 5,000 new customs staff, alongside the 3,000 that have already been hired to implement the exit from the European Union.

Commenting on today’s news, Chris Leslie MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“When the NHS is facing a huge shortfall in nurses and doctors from the EU, it’s surprising that the Government thinks it’s a good idea to spend £500 million planning for an extreme, no-deal Brexit that would be a disaster for this country, regardless of how much taxpayers’ money is thrown at it.

“The Government is also planning to hire 5,000 new customs staff, but it is not at all clear whether this would be enough to cope with the millions of new customs declarations that would be needed if the UK leaves the Customs Union.

“Instead of wasting time and money on contingency plans for an outcome that would be a disaster no matter what the Government does, they should get on with negotiating for continued membership of both the Single Market and the Customs Union.”  

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Notes to editors:

The full story from The Huffington Post on the Government’s plans to spend £500 million and to hire 5,000 new customs staff in preparation for a no-deal Brexit can be found here.