Our hub draws together all our work on the EU exit
Government is preparing for the UK’s exit from the EU on 31 January. Time is short and significant work remains to be done to minimise disruption to people, businesses and public services.
Departments have achieved a lot so far, but exiting the EU is no ordinary task. Departments have had to prepare for multiple potential outcomes, with shifting timetables and ongoing uncertainty. It is a task that has little or no historical precedent and the National Audit Office’s work examining departments’ preparedness – spanning 26 reports since December 2016 – reflects the scale and breadth of the task.
With a challenge of this scale it is simply not possible for departments to plan for every eventuality. But lessons can still be learned from the previous period of no-deal planning, where in some cases rushed decisions meant taxpayers’ money was not spent well. We will continue to play our role, keeping a close interest in how departments perform and report to Parliament on risks to preparedness.
On this page we have drawn together all of our work on EU exit. We will continue to update it as we publish updates in the coming months.
Gareth Davies, Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG)