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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)

Publications

The UK border: preparedness for EU exit October 2019

This report considers the work that government has been undertaking at the border to prepare for a no-deal EU exit.

Exiting the EU: supplying the health and social care sectors

We record government's progress in ensuring health and social care supplies should the UK leave the EU without a deal.
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Departments’ use of consultants to support preparations for EU Exit

This investigation examines the extent to which departments have used consultants in their work to prepare for exiting the EU.
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Preparing for trade negotiations

This briefing sets out government’s plans and progress to date in opening up overseas markets to UK businesses.

Out-of-court settlement with Eurotunnel

This memorandum has been prepared at the request of the Committee of Public Accounts and examines the settlement with Eurotunnel
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Contingency preparations for exiting the EU with no deal

This briefing describes the Civil Contingencies Secretariat's contingency preparations for the UK exiting the EU without a deal.
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The UK border: preparedness for EU exit update

This memorandum supports the Public Accounts Committee’s examination of the government’s preparedness for ‘no deal’

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Work in progress

EU Exit: The ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ Campaign

On 1 September 2019, the government launched a major communications campaign, ‘Get Ready for Brexit’, to help individuals and businesses

Cost of preparations for the UK’s exit from the EU

By June 2019 HM Treasury had allocated £4.5bn to departments to fund preparations for the UK’s exit from the European

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