The UK government’s work to prepare for a no-deal Brexit is too slow and risks not being ready on time, an influential group of MPs has warned.
The Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday urged the government to ramp up preparations as the country is not on track to be ready for a no-deal exit on October 31.
Prime ministerial candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have both said they will take the UK out of the EU without a deal later this year.
However there is growing concern that the country will not be ready for this outcome.
The report warned that without ample time to prepare, government departments risk being rushed into mistakes like the Department for Treatment’s ferry mishap, which cost the taxpayer around £85 million.
The UK could be less prepared for a no-deal Brexit than it was in March, experts warned.
Labour said the report “exposes the government’s shambolic no-deal Brexit preparations.”
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LONDON — The UK government is not on track to be ready for a no-deal Brexit in October, with its departments at risk of wasting millions more pounds on rushed moves to prepare for a Halloween exit, an influential House of Commons committee has warned.
Members of Parliament on the Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday urged the government to ramp-up its no-deal preparation ahead of the UK potentially leaving the European Union without a deal on October 31.
The candidates to replace Theresa May as Conservative leader and prime minister — Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt — have said they will take the UK out of the EU on the scheduled date of October 31 without a deal if necessary.
Johnson, the strong frontrunner in the contest, has described leaving on October 31 as “do or die.”
However, PAC’s report added to growing concern that the UK will not be ready to exit without a deal later this year.
“In just four months’ time, on 31 October, the UK is expected to leave the EU yet momentum appears to have slowed in Whitehall,” PAC Chair Meg Hillier — the Labour MP for Hackney South & Shoreditch — said on Wednesday.
“Departments must urgently step up their preparations and ensure that the country is ready.”
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PAC warned that without enough time to prepare properly, government departments risked being rushed into ill-thought-out decisions, like how the Department for Transport fumbled the process of hiring ferries earlier this year.
The Chris Grayling-led department cost the taxpayer tens of millions of pounds as a result of its procurement process to make sure the UK had enough ferries to import vital goods like medicine and food in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Eurotunnel took the UK government to court over contracts which the DfT signed with three ferry companies in the run-up to the March deadline, including one which neither owned ferries or had any experience of running them.
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