- The UK will be forced to stand down around 6,000 members of staff who were recruited in anticipation of a no-deal Brexit
- This move has cost the country over a billion pounds
For all the chaos that surrounded Brexit as a whole, it forced most of those involved in uncomfortable positions. Political opponents were forced to put aside their differences to forge ahead and set talk of the prime minister’s resignation in motion.
Even after the EU formally approved an extension of the Brexit deadline till October 2018, the collateral damage from Brexit continues to be felt, this time, with regards to the no-deal Brexit that did not take place.
Now, it has been reported on April 11, 2019, that the civil service will have to suspend their contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit and this will involve standing down the 6,000 members of staff who were recruited for their purpose.
The report revealed that a total of 6,000 workers had been recruited in anticipation of a no-deal Brexit and since that is now unlikely to happen, they will have to stand down.
While 1,500 have been recruited from other positions, they will now return to their previous duties. The problem now is what becomes of the 4,500 workers who were freshly hired specifically for the purpose of a no-deal Brexit.
This has proven to be a costly deal as 16,000 people have worked on Brexit so far and the cost of hiring the new workers is estimated to be around £1.5 Billion. In light of this, many blame the prime minister for even keeping a no-deal Brexit as a possibility, such as the Labour Party’s Hilary Brenn.
“It was important to plan for all contingencies, but this is the huge cost of the prime minister repeatedly saying: ‘My deal or no deal’ when she knew that leaving without a deal was not in the national interest. This is one example of how Brexit is proving to be very costly for our country,” said Benn.
On April 11, 2019, the Cabinet Office formally reversed its no-deal plans. As such, notices were sent to various organizations at various government levels
Kent county council, for example, has been preparing for Operation Brock but has since canceled it. Highways England staff had deployed police officers to Kent in anticipation of a no-deal Brexit and this incurred a cost of £66,000 per week, running for three weeks.