Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 28th February 2019.

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Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham Conservative, North West Norfolk

What steps the Government is taking to prepare contingency plans for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. Our no deal preparations will ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality. Extensive preparations have been underway for over two years and these are continuing.

We have passed critical legislation, signed international agreements, recruited additional staff and guaranteed certain EU funding in a no deal scenario. Border Force is recruiting c.600 additional Border Force officers and HMRC have already hired over 2,300 extra staff for Brexit, including additional operational staff, like customs inspectors.

In September 2018, and again in December and February, HMRC sent letters to the 145,000 VAT registered businesses who currently trade with the EU advising them what action they need to take on customs in the event of no deal.

We have also published and updated 106 specific technical notices to help businesses, citizens and consumers prepare for a no-deal scenario.

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