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Stop ‘no deal’ planning, officials told

Thousands of civil servants have reportedly been told to halt £4bn planning for a “no-deal” Brexit after the EU granted Britain an extension. An email from a civil servant obtained by Sky News said the government would “wind down” no-deal planning, which had been allocated £4bn in funding.

The letter said: “This morning, at a meeting chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, we agreed that the objective is to ensure we wind down our no-deal planning in a careful, considered and orderly way. In common with the rest of government, we have stood down our no-deal operational planning with immediate effect.”

In a subsequent interview with Sky News, Chancellor Philip Hammond said: “It would have been irresponsible not to prepare for no deal, so long as it was a real possible outcome. Making preparations for events that we hope will not happen is an everyday part of government.”

Just in case, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the Office for Civil Society, and The Charity Commission has provided five ways civil society organisations can prepare for the EU exit.

Read Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport - Five ways civil society organisations can prepare for EU exit