...being offered the chance to set up the UK version of something we currently have done as part of our EU membership.
Estimated costs of setting it up and running it are about 3x what we contribute to the EU for it to be done for us.
Plus we'll pretty much just be following EU rules anyway as if we go our own way we won't be able to sell into EU.
So basically 3x the price and we get no say in any law making. FREEDOM!
: Its going to be an absolute shambles.
: Whitehall feels the pinch
: By James Blitz
: March 20, 2017
: Philip Hammond has suffered a serious
: setback following his embarrassing U-turn
: over national insurance contributions. But
: the debacle has obscured another direct
: consequence of his budget: the tight
: spending settlement it imposes on Whitehall
: departments as they grapple with the immense
: task of delivering Brexit.
: In the aftermath of last year’s EU
: referendum, the government set up two
: departments to deal with the new challenges
: facing the UK: the Department for Exiting
: the EU (Dexeu) and the Department for
: International Trade. Together with the
: Foreign Office, they were given some £400m
: in November to fund their Brexit-related
: Even so, these departments, and others, are
: feeling under pressure over resources. Most
: were told ahead of the Budget to outline
: potential spending cuts of up to 6 per cent
: with the aim of saving up to £3.5bn by 2020.
: The Home Office and Department for
: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
: are facing acute difficulties because Brexit
: may require them to introduce a significant
: overhaul of immigration and agriculture
: Recent days have brought fresh signs of
: unease. The Sunday Telegraph reported that
: senior officials in Departments for Brexit,
: International Trade and the Foreign Office
: are expressing disgruntlement at their
: funding settlements. The paper quotes one
: Dexeu official as saying: “We certainly need
: a couple of hundred more [staff]. The stuff
: we are doing is unbelievably technical.”
: There are other indications that senior
: civil servants are dismayed at scant
: resources. “I know of one department that
: has decided to recruit 30 more officials
: without the promise of any further
: underlying cash from the Treasury,” says one
: well-placed figure.
: Professor Anand Menon of the think-tank The
: UK in A Changing Europe says the stresses
: are especially acute at Defra. “There was a
: lot of surprise that we did not see a lot of
: extra money for Defra in the budget,” he
: says. “Agriculture has been an EU competence
: for decades so the government now has to
: devise a wholly new policy on this and that
: requires a lot of resources.”
: The civil service union, the FDA, warned on
: “The key departments leading [the Brexit]
: charge have borne massive cuts in recent
: years. On current plans, Defra’s budget will
: have shrunk by more than a third between
: 2010 and the end of this Parliament, while
: the Home Office will have endured a 21 per
: cent cut. If the Prime Minister really wants
: to make a success of Brexit, she cannot do
: it on the cheap.”
: When Article 50 is triggered by Theresa May
: next week, much of the focus will be on the
: negotiations between the UK and the EU in
: Brussels. But the prime minister will also
: fire the starting gun on a period of intense
: activity for the civil service at home.
: Between now and Britain’s departure in 2019
: senior civil servants will feed policy
: advice into the EU negotiations; help to
: push a huge raft of legislation through
: parliament; and implement new enforcement
: systems in customs, immigration and other
: areas that must be ready on day one of
: Britain’s departure from Europe.
: It is little wonder that civil servants are
: complaining about having to do too much with
: too little.
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