Ministry of Defence: Brexit

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 5th February 2019.

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Photo of Vincent Cable Vincent Cable Leader of the Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2019 to Question 207550 on Ministry of Defence: Brexit, how much of the £25 million allocated to his Department for Brexit preparations in 2018-19 and 2019-20 has been allocated to preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

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

Her Majesty’s Treasury has allocated over £4.2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

  • £412 million of additional funding over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at Autumn Statement 2016.
  • £286 million of additional funding for 2017-18 (a full breakdown of which can be found in Supplementary Estimates 2017-18:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/679738/PU2137_Supplementary_estimates_web.pdf)

  • Over £1.5 billion of additional funding for 2018-19. A full breakdown of the allocations can be found in the Chief Secretary's Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, released on 13 March 2018:

(https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-13/HCWS540/)

  • Over £2 billion of additional funding for 2019-20. A full breakdown of the allocations can be found in the Chief Secretary's Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS1205, laid on 18 December 2018:

(https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-12-18/HCWS1205/)

  • The Ministry of Defence (MOD) was allocated £12.7 million in 2018-19, for costs arising as the UK leave the EU in any situation. This allocation has allowed the MOD to retain three Off-Shore Patrol Vessels and support EU Exit preparedness for UK defence bases in Europe, for either EU Exit scenario.
  • The final breakdown spend will be confirmed in the Supplementary Estimates 2018-19 which will be published at the end of the Financial Year. The MOD has also been allocated a total of £12 million in 2019-20 for either EU Exit scenario. The 2019-20 final breakdown spend will be confirmed in the Supplementary Estimates 2019-20 in early 2020.

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