This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Brexit Costs'.


 
 
 
 
 
 
Freedom of Information Team 
xxx@xxxxx.xxx.xx 
Correspondence Unit 
www.gov.uk 
9 Downing Street 
SW1A 2AG 
 
 
 
Darren 
Via: ​xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx 
 
Our ref: DEX000926 
 
09 January 2018 
 
Dear Darren​, 
 
I refer to your request, where you asked: 
 
 
1). The cost of the department so far, and anticipated cost for the year 2017-18 and 
subsequent years. 
2). The amount spent on Brexit preparations thus far (excluding costs listed as part of the 
above) and how that is broken down. 
Clarified: The amount spent on Brexit preparations thus far and how that is broken down, 
within the Department for Exiting the European Union. 
3). How much it must cost the UK taxpayer and economy before being confirmed as 
unsustainable. 
Clarified: Has the Department for Exiting the European Union considered what is the 
upmost cost that the Department deems to be acceptable in the process of exiting the 
European Union. 
4). Details of the assessments undertaken thus far and the results of such. 
Clarified: Mr David Davis has informed HM Parliament on a number of occasions that 
assessments had been untaken on the impact of exiting the European Union on different 
industries within the United Kingdom. 
5). The cost of the anticipated 'divorce bill'. 
 
 
 
I can confirm the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) holds in part 
information relevant to your request. I have answered each part of your request in turn. 
 
[1-2].​ This information is held by DExEU. Public authorities are not required to reissue 
information that is already in the public domain (section 21(1) of the Freedom of Information 
Act 2000 (FoIA)), however, we have provided you further detail and links to this information. 
Departmental expenditure and annual budgets is published as part of our Annual Report 
and Accounts publication. Funding to support the UK’s re-negotiation with the European 
Union is also broken down per financial year until the UK’s exit is complete. 
The latest report for 2016/17 is available via the link below - Departmental expenditure can 
 

 
be found detailed on page 11 and page 46: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/annual-report-and-accounts-2016-17 
This will be updated in due course for 2017/18. 
It should be noted, preparations for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union are 
taking place across Government and therefore, these isolated costs concerning DExEU do 
not represent the total expenditure on preparations for the UK’s exit. 
 
3.​ ​Under the guidance issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), we do not 
find this to be a valid request under FoIA. Any request must be for recorded information 
held by the Department at the time of the request. 
 
4.​ I must inform you that DExEU is unable to comply with this part of your request. Section 
12 of FoIA relieves public authorities of the duty to comply with a request for information if 
the cost of dealing with it would exceed the appropriate limit. The appropriate limit has been 
specified in regulations and for central government this is set at £600. This represents the 
estimated cost of one person spending 3½ working days in determining whether the 
department holds the information, and locating, retrieving and extracting it.  
 
Taking into account how our records are classified, it would be difficult to carry out a search 
within the section 12 limitations since it is unclear what “details”  concerning “assessments 
[undertaken] [...] on different industries within the United Kingdom” you are seeking. 
“Details” could be further defined and could be related to a particular policy, region or event, 
which would enable us to search and collate information relevant to your request. I must 
also inform you that if DExEU does hold any information, it may be subject to one or more 
of the exemptions contained in the Freedom of Information Act. 
The Exiting the EU Select Committee has published a number of reports which you may 
find relevant to your request. These can be found at the following link: 
http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/exiting-the-
european-union-committee/publications/ 
5.​ This information is not held. The cost of the ‘anticipated divorce bill’ has not been 
definitively settled. However, information pertaining to the methodology of calculation of the 
financial settlement has been published. For more information, please see page 9 of the 
Joint Report on Progress during phase 1 of negotiations under Article 50 TEU on the UK’s 
orderly withdrawal from the EU: 
 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/joint-report-on-progress-during-phase-1-of-neg
otiations-under-article-50-teu-on-the-uks-orderly-withdrawal-from-the-eu 
 
You may wish to read guidance from the Information Commissioner on forming a valid 
request, which can be found at the following link: 
 
https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/official-information/ 
 
Although we have provided a response in this instance, the Department will require a full 
name to process any further requests. 
 

 
 
 
If you have any queries about this letter, please contact the FOI team. Please remember to 
quote the reference number above in any future communications. 
If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request or wish to 
request an internal review, you should write to ​xxx@xxxxx.xxx.xx​ or: 
Freedom of Information Team (internal review) 
Department for Exiting the European Union 
9 Downing Street 
SW1A 2AG 
You should note that DExEU will not normally accept an application for internal review if it is 
received more than two months after the date that the reply was issued. 
If you are not content with the outcome of your internal review, you may apply directly to the 
Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Commissioner cannot make a 
decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by DExEU. The 
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: 
The Information Commissioner’s Office 
Wilmslow 
Cheshire 
SK9 5AF 
Yours sincerely, 
 
Freedom of Information Team, DExEU.