15 NOV 2017

Asking the PM for a billion at the border

I repeated calls for £1 billion to be set aside for Brexit border preparations during Prime Minister's Questions today. I told Theresa May that businesses in his constituency are getting ready for leaving the European Union.

Government should invest in the Dover frontline now – to ensure the UK is ready on day one for every eventuality of Brexit, deal or no deal. The Prime Minister said she appreciates that the need to prepare for leaving the EU is "very tightly felt" in Dover and Deal. Mrs May said funds have been made available for Brexit preparations and that the Government will look at what further work is necessary to ensure the UK is ready for leaving the EU.

I asked: "Businesses at the Dover frontline are now preparing to leave the European Union. Will the Government consider earmarking at least £1 billion in the upcoming Budget to make sure that we are ready on day one, deal or no deal – and prepared for every single eventuality."

The Prime Minister said: "I thank my honourable friend for his question.

"Obviously in his constituency, this issue of preparations for the position when we leave the European Union is very tightly felt. There's great focus on it – and I appreciate why that is the case.

"We have already made funds available for the preparations and work that is necessary across Government in preparations for Brexit – and of course we'll be looking at what further work is necessary to ensure that we are ready.

"We hope we are going to get that good deal – and we're working to get that good deal. But either way there will need to be some changes from the Government point of view – and we're ensuring the resources are there to do that."

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