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Brexit will have cost Island £4m

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BREXIT is expected to cost the Jersey taxpayer almost £4 million by the end of the year and preparing the necessary laws for it has been prioritised over other work, the government has confirmed.

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A government spokeswoman also said that work was continuing to prepare for a possible Brexit on the new deadline date of 31 January 2020, including for a potential no-deal scenario.

A number of laws have had to be revised or prepared due to Brexit, such as the Emergency Planning Law which was updated to help the government prevent and mitigate any possible supply shortages in the case of no deal.

The spokeswoman confirmed that such work had been prioritised by the Law Draftmans’ Office, which is responsible for writing Jersey’s legislation.

‘In order to ensure that Jersey is appropriately prepared for the potential impacts of Brexit, priority has been given by officers within government departments, and the Law Draftsman’s Office, to Brexit-related legislation,’ she said.

‘Alternative resourcing arrangements have been made, where appropriate, to mitigate potential impact on other areas.

‘Given that the production of draft legislation is a consultative process, that may vary in length dependent on the complexity of the subject matter, it is not possible to give an indication on the impact on the timeline of other legislation that is under development.’

She said that the cost of Brexit so far had been close to £3.3 million and was expected to rise, but had remained within allocated budgets.

‘Brexit preparations have been met by funds allocated for that purpose by the Government of Jersey,’ she said.

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‘To date, the spend on Brexit-related activities is £3,299,609. This includes the spending on all public communications activities. We estimate that approximately £3.85 million will be spent on Brexit by the end of 2019.’

She added: ‘The Government of Jersey’s dedicated Brexit Unit has led cross-departmental preparations for Brexit, alongside support from the One Gov Brexit Team, who have focused on the practical impacts of a no-deal Brexit on the Island.

‘They will continue those preparations ahead of a potential exit date on 31 January 2020.

‘Other teams within the External Relations Department, including the global markets team and EU engagement team, have continued Jersey’s proactive engagement with partner countries, complementing the work of Brexit colleagues.’

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