DEFRA ‘narrowly misses’ Brexit performance targets and warns of ‘increased challenges’

DEFRA narrowly missed its Brexit performance targets last year, according to its latest annual report, although is now “prepared for all possible scenarios” relating to the UK’s departure from the EU.

The report rates DEFRA’s Brexit preparation work as amber on its colour-coded performance chart, indicating that its target was “narrowly missed”. Over 2018/19, the indicator had a “significant focus” on no-deal contingency plans, the report notes. 

Brexit preparations took up a significant amount of the department’s £1.9 billion budget last year, “driven by the fact that 80% of DEFRA’s business is framed by our membership of the EU”, it says. “DEFRA group’s overarching priority is the delivery of a safe and ambitious exit from the EU, and the impact is felt throughout the department.”

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