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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)

Publications

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The cost of EU Exit preparations

This report looks at how much government departments spent on their activities preparing for the UK’s exit from the EU.

EU Exit: the Get ready for Brexit campaign

This report examines the management of the Cabinet Office-led Get ready for Brexit campaign.

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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