Brexit planning could cost the government an extra £65 million a year, as it has to hire at least 500 new civil servants, a report by the Institute for Government has found.
The report – ‘Planning Brexit: Silence is not a strategy – also criticises the lack of detail provided by the government on Brexit so far, and the infighting between the three Brexit ministers and Downing Street.
Commenting, Tom Brake MP, Patron of Vote Leave Watch, said:
“This report graphically sets out the chaos and infighting at the heart of government over Brexit planning.
“There are no prizes for guessing where this £65 million is going to come from; it’ll come from the budgets for the NHS and other vital public services, which Leave campaigners promised would benefit from Brexit.
“The government needs to get its act together, be open with the public, and deliver a progressive Brexit deal which protects working people and keeps Britain an open country.”