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Brexit Preparations Cost UK Government £97 Million, National Audit Office (NAO) Reveals

  • NAO uncovers an extra £32 million worth of spending on UK’s Brexit preparations between April 2018 and April 2019 
  • Funds spent on external experts due to lack of government staff and skills

The NAO has uncovered a total spend of £97 million on Brexit preparations between April 2018 and April 2019, criticising a lack of transparency within the Cabinet Office.

Over that period, six consultancy firms had been hired to carry out around 96% of Brexit-related duties. The firms included Deloitte, with 22% of the contracts, PA Consulting (19%), PwC (18%), EY (15%), Bain & Company (11%) and Boston Consulting Group (10%).

A government spokesperson noted that it was “often more cost-efficient to draw upon the advice of external specialists for short-term projects requiring specialist skills.”