Tuesday 6 August 2019 / 3:32 PM Brexit / Peter Dowd

Chief Secretary should come clean about the true cost of a Tory No Deal Brexit – Peter Dowd

Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Peter Dowd has written to Rishi Sunak demanding clarification and further details on No Deal Brexit spending announced by the government.

In the letter, Peter Dowd writes: “Given that HMRC has been drained of resources and funding by consecutive Conservative-led governments over the last nine years, could you confirm how many additional staff at HMRC and border force guards have been hired in the last year in preparation for a no deal Brexit? And what support, if any, the government is putting in place to deal with the expanded work HMRC will have to undertake in the event of a no deal Brexit?”

Commenting, Peter Dowd MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said:
“This week I have written to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to ask for clarification and further details about the government’s announcement of an additional £2.1 billion for no deal Brexit planning following his interview on the BBC’s Today Programme.

“When it comes to No Deal Brexit spending, the Chief Secretary has offered little more than subterfuge. He is unable to confirm the exact number of HMRC staff and border force officers that are currently being hired to prepare for a No Deal Brexit and refuses to confirm whether this additional funding includes money already allocated and announced by the previous Chancellor.

“Rather than continuing with smoke and mirrors, it is high time that the Chief Secretary came clean to taxpayers about the true cost of a Tory No Deal Brexit and preparedness of HMRC and the UK Border Force.”