22 NOV 2017

Three billion set aside for Brexit in Budget after my calls

Chancellor Philip Hammond has set aside an extra £3 billion in the Budget for Brexit preparations – following repeated calls I have made for the cash. I wanted at least £1 billion to be earmarked in Budget, making the case during Prime Minister's Questions last week and during an Adjournment Debate in the House of Commons last month.

So this is fantastic news. It's vital we are ready on day one for every eventuality of leaving the European Union, deal or no deal. Being prepared strengthens our hand in the negotiations with the EU. And our borders systems need upgrading anyway.

That's why I've been calling for the Government to invest now – particularly at the Dover frontline. We must be ready on day one of Brexit to keep traffic moving through the Channel Ports.

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