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Treasury provides £31m to Northern Ireland for no-deal Brexit

Up to £8m of the £31m to mitigate the impact of a no-deal Brexit will be spent on roads and port infrastructure

THE Department for Infrastructure has been allocated the lion's share of more than £31m provided by the Treasury to mitigate the impact of a no-deal Brexit in Northern Ireland.

The £14m earmarked for DfI is expected to fund infrastructure at points of entry into Northern Ireland, including vehicle parks, CCTV and signage.

Up to £8m will be spent of roads and port infrastructure.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs is set to receive nearly £6m, while Invest NI has been allocated £2m through the Department for the Economy.

The Department of Health is set to get £1.1m to combat a shortage of medicine and medical devices, and the Food Standards Agency will receive £1m.

Stormont's Executive Office has also been allocated £400,000 to run a no-deal Brexit "public information campaign".

SDLP deputy leader Nichola Mallon said further detail was required about how the money is being spent.

"We need to see the detail behind this spend because that reads to me like border infrastructure and we also need to know what the implications of Boris Johnson's double border proposals are on these plans, given that the money was allocated two months beforehand," the North Belfast MLA said.

"Civil servants are being forced to make controversial and highly political decisions with no scrutiny or accountability – in the middle of a national emergency for this island, that is unacceptable."

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