Chancellor Philip Hammond has increased Brexit preparation funding by another £500m in the 2018 Budget today.
After allocating an initial £2.2bn to a new Brexit preparations department, Hammond noted said in last year’s Budget that a further £1.5bn for the purposes in last year’s budget.
Today he announced that figure will rise to £2.0bn.
Hanmond says he is confident the government will deliver a favourable Brexit deal, however he says he “will continue to plan for all eventualities”.
He added that a “double dividend” could come from releasing more funds from reserves and more investment could come on stream after uncertainty.
Hammond says the government is planning a full departmental spending review next year, and that, once EU negotiations are finalised, a Brexit “deal dividend will allow us to provide further funding for the spending review.”
Hammond says: “The hard work of the British people is paying off. Austerity is coming to an end.”