Ministry of Defence: Brexit

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 8th December 2017.

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Photo of Matthew Pennycook Matthew Pennycook Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the additional funding required by his Department over the next two years to prepare effectively for the UK leaving the EU.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

As announced at the Autumn Budget 2017, HM Treasury is making £3 billion of additional funding available over the next two years - £1.5 billion in both 2018-19 and 2019-20 - so that Departments and the Devolved Administrations can continue to prepare effectively for Brexit.

We are currently working with HM Treasury and the Department for Exiting the EU to establish what we need to prepare effectively, and what additional funding should be supplied - HM Treasury will aim to agree 2018-19 allocations in early 2018. Funding requirements for 2019-20 will be affected by progress in negotiations with the EU and will therefore be decided at a later date.

Additional funding received from the Reserve will be set out at Supplementary Estimates in the usual way.

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