Department for International Development: Brexit

Department for International Development written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of his Department's preparations for the UK leaving the EU (a) with and (b) without a deal.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The majority of Brexit planning has been managed through existing resource within DFID.

No additional costs have been accrued in preparing for a deal. In preparing for no deal, the Government has committed to ensuring UK organisations are able to continue delivering vital programmes should the EU cut funding.

DFID has allocated £416,345 to a fund manager to prepare and deliver the financial assurance to be provided to UK organisations should their EU funding be cut, and for research into the impact of Brexit on the Civil Society sector.

In addition, up to £150,000 has been allocated to DFID’s Get Ready communications campaign by the Cabinet Office.

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