The UK government is spending hundreds of millions of pounds on bureaucrats and lawyers to cope with Brexit

  • UK government hires 3,000 people to deal with challenge of delivering Brexit.
  • Treasury will spend nearly a billion pounds on preparing Britain for exiting the EU.
  • One in ten of new hires have been lawyers.
  • David Davis set out plans for leaving the EU without a deal.

LONDON — The UK government has already hired 3,000 additional people to prepare for the challenge of taking Britain out of the European Union, with thousands more to come, a spokesperson for Theresa May said on Tuesday.

Brexit Secretary David Davis told a Cabinet meeting this morning that preparations were well underway for a range of possible outcomes from negotiations with the EU, including a no-deal scenario.

Davis told Cabinet colleagues including Prime Minister May that 3,000 new posts have been created across multiple areas of government including including 300 additional lawyers to deal with the legal complexities of Brexit.

The government expects to hire up to 5,000 additional staff next year as Britain verges closer to exit day, which is scheduled to be at the end of March 2019.

Chancellor Philip Hammond used the Cabinet meeting on Brexit preparations to provide an update on the half a billion pounds that the Treasury has already put aside to deal with Britain’s exit from the EU.

The funding, which will rise to three-quarters of a million next year, is being used for:

  • future new trade agreements;
  • concerting existing EU law into domestic law;
  • and preparations for implementing changes at the border.

May also announced that a new sub-committee is being set up to support the government as the strain of Brexit preparations increase.

The EU Exit and Trade sub-Committee will be created to deal with “Domestic Preparedness, Legislation and Devolution,” according to May’s spokesperson.

Full details of the government’s updated Brexit plans will be published later today.

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