The UK Government has announced that it will invest USD $11 million dollar to get ports and local areas ready for Brexit.
According to a statement, $6 million will be given to local councils which either have or are near to a major port and $5 million to local resilience forums to ensure they will continue to operate efficiently when the country leaves the EU on 31 October.
Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick announced that the funding will be used by local areas to support the development of Brexit plans and for continued preparedness activities, which also includes additional staffing costs.
Local authorities in Kent are expected to receive over $3 million as it is considered being home to a number of the busiest ports in the country including the Port of Dover, Eurotunnel, Ashford and Ebbsfleet.
Kent County Council will receive $1 million, and $2 million will be shared between a further 13 local authorities in the county.
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Robert Jenrick said, “From keeping our supply chains running and ensuring goods continue to flow into the country, to putting robust plans in place for every community, local government is playing a vital role in preparing the country to be fully ready to leave the EU on 31 October.
“We have stepped up our preparedness significantly in recent weeks, including by asking every council to appoint a Brexit Lead Officer.
“Now we are releasing an additional £9 million of additional funding today to help local areas get ready for Brexit, whatever the circumstances.