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Sajid Javid turned on the spending taps last night to help Britain prepare for a potential No Deal.
In the latest sign of the Government's determination to take Britain out of the EU on time, the Chancellor has sanctioned the release of £2.1 billion to fund emergency preparations, including beefing up controls at the border.
Funds - No - Deal - Spending - Cent
The funds increase overall No Deal spending by 50 per cent to £6.3 billion, and double the amount that can be spent this year.
Mr Javid's measures include:
Border - Force - Guards
÷ 500 Border Force guards;
÷ Extra warehousing to stockpile medicines;
Cash - Lorry - Capacity - Traffic - Disruption
÷ Cash for additional lorry parking capacity to 'manage traffic disruption in Kent';
÷ Increased capacity at the Passport Office;
£108million - Businesses
÷ £108million to help businesses prepare;
÷ £138million for a publicity campaign;
£1billion - Contingencies
÷ £1billion for last-minute contingencies.
Last night, Mr Javid said he was determined that preparations for a possible No Deal would not be held back by lack of funds.
Days - UK - European - Union - Planning
He added: 'With 92 days until the UK leaves the European Union it's vital that we intensify our planning to ensure we are ready.
'We want to get a good deal that abolishes the anti-democratic backstop. But if we can't, we'll have to leave without one.
£2 - October - Deal - Deal
'This £2.1 billion will ensure we are ready to leave on October 31 – deal or No Deal.'
Mr Javid's largesse is a marked change to the approach of his predecessor Philip Hammond, who was accused by critics of being slow to release funds for critical projects.
Shift - Tone - Treasury - Department - Whitehall
'It really represents a shift in tone for the Treasury as a department,' a Whitehall source said. 'All departments that asked for money for No Deal got it. This was a very expedited process.
'We want the Treasury to act as a motor for Brexit, not a brake, and that is what is happening.'
But the decision also...
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