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Further £2.1bn investment for 'no-deal' Brexit, but is it necessary?

The government is granting a further £2.1bn worth of funding in preparation for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

The plans include upgrades to transport infrastructure at ports, as well as more border officers.

Money is also being invested for better ease of traffic congestion in Kent, aiming to crack down on queues caused by border delays. A national programme to help businesses is also set to be coming.

Chancellor Sajid Javid said: “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 get a good deal, we’ll have to leave without one. This additional £2.1bn will ensure we are ready to leave on October 31 - deal or no-deal.”

However, John McDonnell, shadow chancellor, believes the plans are a disgraceful ‘waste’ of taxpaying cash.

John added: “This government could have ruled out no-deal and spent these billions on our schools, hospitals, and people. Labour is a party for the whole of the UK, so we’ll do all we can to block a no-deal, crash-out Brexit.”

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