Funding allocation and distribution for Brexit transition period preparations: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

"Prior to the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union it was reported that the Scottish Government was allocated nearly £200 million to make help make preparations for the end of the Transition Period.

What information do you hold on how this money has been distributed by the Devolved Scottish Government?"


From 2017-2018 to the end of 2020-2021, the Scottish Government received a total of £194.8m in EU Exit preparation consequentials.

All of this funding, and more, will be fully utilised to meet EU exit preparation costs.

All Brexit consequentials have been absorbed into and deployed across the overall Scottish Budget. Prior year spend up to 2019-20 is set out below. Spend for 2020-21 will be known after the end of thefinancial year.

Funding will be continue to be deployed in future years to mitigate the ongoing impact of leaving the EU.

The total cost of the Scottish Government’s response to Brexit will exceed £194.8m of EU Exit preparation consequentials.

Table 1:

Year EU Exit Spend
2017-18 2.1
2018-19 31.7
2019-20 60.5
Total 94.3

Table 2:

Portfolio 17-18
Spend Includes…
Communities and Local Government - 0.9 0.5 No-Deal Prep and stakeholder engagement (£0.9m); Fareshare (£0.5m)
Constitution Europe and External Affairs 0.9 4.9 0.2 Prep of legislation and UK Frameworks (£4.9m); Diplomatic Engagement (£0.8m); Community based support for EU citizens (Stay in Scotland) (£0.3m)
Education and Skills 0.1 0.4 - Engagement with educational institutions (£0.2m); Social Services Recruitment (£0.3m)
Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform 0.6 4.8 0.7 Prep of legislation and UK Frameworks and engaging with stakeholders (£4.5m); Marine Scotland (£0.9m); Catch Certificates and Compliance (£0.7m)
Economy, Fair Work and
0.2 6.7 1.2 No-Deal Prep (£0.4m); Leveraging UK Industrial Support (£0.4m); Scenario planning (£0.3m); Staffing support, legislation prep, UK Framework prep (£1.8m); Support to Public Bodies (£0.2m); 4k Grant Scheme (£0.5m); International Trade and Investment (£3m); Economic Analysis (£0.3m); Prepare for Brexit Campaign (£1.1m); Scotland Is Now Campaign (£0.2m)
Health & Sport 0.4 2.2 5.1 Scottish Ambulance Service (£3.2m); Food Standards Scotland (£2.9m); Drafting SSIs (£0.5m); International Recruitment (£1m)
Justice - 1.4 17 Legislation prep and stakeholder support (£0.5m); Recruitment (£0.7m); Police Costs (£17m)
Rural Economy and Tourism - 9.5 - EU Exit Prep (£9.5m)
Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity - 0.5 - Supporting preparation of legislation and negotiations (£0.5m)
Corporate Administration - 0.3 - EU readiness report (£0.3m)
Operating Costs - - 35.8 Staff and staff-related costs – shown by Portfolio in prior years but combined cost reported for 2019-20.
Total 2.1 31.7 60.5  

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