Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit:Written question - 269015

Asked by David Simpson
(Upper Bann)
Asked on: 25 June 2019
Department for Exiting the European Union
Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of his Department's preparations for the UK leaving the EU on 31 October 2019 without a deal.
Answered by: James Cleverly
Answered on: 02 July 2019

As a responsible government we have been preparing for the UK’s exit from the EU in all scenarios for nearly three years. A no deal exit remains the legal default at the end of the extension period on 31 October unless a deal is agreed.

DExEU has a vital coordination role to play in these preparations. We maintain a single picture of workstreams, policy proposals and delivery implications across government to inform policy development. This allows us to scrutinise domestic policy solutions and delivery plans that departments develop - ensuring coherence and recommending cross-cutting solutions to drive delivery forward.

Over 300 work-streams to prepare for ‘no deal’ continue to be advanced across Government, to minimise disruption to industry, to our vital services, and to the daily lives of the people of the United Kingdom. In light of the extension, departments are making sensible decisions about the timing and pace at which some of this work is progressing and what further action can be taken, but we will continue to prepare for all EU Exit scenarios.

We continue to make good progress - for example:

  • Since December 2018, HMRC has issued 74,000 new EORI numbers to traders (as of 23 June).

  • We have published approximately 750 pieces of communications on no deal since August 2018, including 106 technical notices explaining to businesses and citizens what they need to do to prepare.

  • The EU Settlement Scheme is now fully opened with over 800,000 applications so far.

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