Our hub draws together all our work on EU exit
The UK left the EU on 31 January. During the period following the referendum in 2016 departments had to prepare for multiple potential outcomes, with shifting timetables and uncertainty. It was a task that had little or no historical precedent and the National Audit Office’s work examining departments’ preparedness – spanning some 27 reports – reflected the scale and breadth of the task.
With a challenge of this scale it was simply not possible for departments to plan for every eventuality.
But lessons can be learned from the period of planning for no deal, where in some cases rushed decisions meant that taxpayers’ money was not well spent. As the UK embarks upon the next phase of trade negotiations we will continue to play our role, keeping a close interest in how departments perform and report to Parliament on how departments are preparing.
On this page we have drawn together all our work on EU Exit. We shall continue to update it as we publish new work
Gareth Davies, Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG)