Department for Education: Brexit

Department for Education written question – answered on 9th January 2019.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many civil servants in his Department are currently working on planning for the UK leaving the EU without a deal; and how many have been moved from other projects to work on those plans.

Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many projects his Department has put on hold due to the requirements of planning for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Minister of State (Education)

​The department has spent more than two years carrying out preparations for all scenarios, including a no deal scenario. The government, including the Department for Education, is accelerating no deal preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality.

A team within the department’s International Education Directorate leads our EU Exit programme and coordination of preparations. Members of staff across the department work on EU Exit issues, including no deal preparations, across a range of policy areas as required.

Given the interactions between EU Exit work and the department’s other priorities, it is not possible to give an accurate figure specifically for work on EU Exit issues, including on no deal planning.

​The work of the department is continuing, including planning and preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

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