Hammond: Not hour yet for ‘no deal’ spending
Taxpayers’ money will not be spent on preparing for a “no-deal” Brexit until the “very last moment”, Chancellor Philip Hammond has suggested.
He told MPs he was preparing for every possible outcomes, including “no deal”, and would make money available in a “timely” manner when needed.
But he said he wouldn’t take fund from other areas, like health or education , now merely to “send a message” to the EU.
One ex-minister said billions should be set aside for a “no deal” scenario.
David Jones cautioned failure to earmark funding for additional customs staff and infrastructure in November’s Budget would leave the UK “scrambling” to implement new border controls if there was no deal.