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Scotland wants 52 million pounds for no deal Brexit preparations

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 22, 2019
Derek Mackay
Britain   Finance Secretary Derek Mackay

The Scottish Government has requested £52 million from the UK Government’s EU Exit Operational Contingency Fund ahead of 31 October to help prepare for a no deal exit from the EU.

Topics: Scotland Brexit preparations

Restating the Scottish Government’s opposition to a Brexit of any kind, and in particular to a no deal Brexit, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay called on the UK Government to cover all additional costs associated with preparing to leave the EU, including those beyond 31 October.

The UK Government has indicated that funding is available where Scotland faces disproportionate costs.

Requests include funding to support:

- the disproportionate effect of no deal on rural communities including ensuring medical support reaches these areas

- increased demand on Marine Scotland compliance activities around Scotland’s coastline

- additional communications to EU citizens living in Scotland

-increased demands on Police Scotland

- poverty mitigation measures to support financially vulnerable households.

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