Ministers ‘wasted’ £13m on failing to persuade MPs to back Theresa May’s Brexit deal and a hard exit that never happened

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MINISTERS blew more than £13m in two months on failing to persuade MPs to vote for Theresa May’s Brexit deal and a hard exit that never happened.

The splurge was carried out between mid-November to mid-January, in the run up to the first Meaningful Vote on January 15.

Over £13m was spent in two months on failing to persuade MPs to vote for Theresa May’s Brexit deal

A total of £12.4m was spent by the Cabinet Office on external consultants’ fees.

The vast sum paid for external experts to drum up alternative plans to keep the Irish border open as well as prepare for a No Deal exit.

A further £700,000 went on a failed communications push to publicise the PM’s agreement with the EU and how to plan for a hard Brexit.

But the PM lost the Commons showdown by a record 220 votes in January and then by 149 and 58 votes in two further votes in March.

Parliament also went onto carry out its long-promised threat to block a No Deal Brexit.

The vast spend was quietly slipped out by ministers on a Government website to comply with transparency rules.

Labour MP and Best for Britain supporter Tonia Antoniazzi dubbed it “yet more clueless spending from the Government”.

Ms Antoniazzi added: “No amount of money can unpick the parliamentary knot this Prime Minister has tangled herself in.

“The only way to do that is by giving the public the final say on Brexit, so that the people can tell politicians what they want after three years of this mess.”


The Cabinet Office insisted the spending was justified at a critical moment.

A spokeswoman said: “As a responsible Government we have and will continue to draw on the expert advice of a range of specialists, to deliver the successful exit from the European Union that the public voted for.

“This data covers a key period which included important communication with businesses and the public, to advise them on how best to prepare for leaving the EU.”

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