Britain’s National Accountancy Office revealed Friday that the government has spent at least 4.4 billion pounds ($ 5.7 billion) to cover preparations to exit the European Union, since the referendum on the move in 2016.
The office added in its report reported by “Bloomberg” news agency that this amount represents nearly two thirds of the amounts allocated by the British Treasury in preparation for exit from the European Union.
The office stated that three entities, namely the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Revenue and Customs Department, are solely responsible for spending more than half of this amount.
He pointed out that nearly 1.9 billion pounds were spent on employment, and another 1.5 billion pounds were allocated for advertising and building information technology networks, while 288 million pounds were spent on external consulting.
The office stated that this data on expenditures is likely to be the minimum, due to the lack of information available from government departments, stressing that it does not make any rulings on whether these objects of expenditure are equal to the value of the money spent for them.