Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for the Interior, has asked the police and border forces for more than £ 1 billion to face a Brexit without agreement, at the request of Chancellor Philip Hammond, skeptical.
As the costs of an unresolved Brexit situation increased, the government wondered on Tuesday whether it was necessary to spend more money preparing for the possibility of leaving without an agreement in October.
Javid asked for money to pay the police and border staff who were hired in large numbers before the last March deadline and who were kept in case it was necessary to attack at a "no deal" later this year.
Nearly all of the Conservative Party leadership candidates, including Javid, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab, Jeremy Hunt and Esther McVey, insisted that a Brexit without agreement should remain a possibility, with more or less less enthusiasm.
However, no agreement has been reached in Cabinet to increase spending on a Brexit without agreement, despite requests from Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay to strengthen preparations.
It is understood that Javid officially wrote to the Treasury requesting between 1 and 2 billion pounds of additional funds for the Home Office.
Despite the promises of some Conservative leadership candidates to pull the UK out of the EU in late October, it is unlikely that Javid's request will be favorably assessed by Hammond. The Treasury has already allocated at least £ 500 million to the department when $ 2 billion of Brexit prep expenditure was shared between Whitehall.
An informed source of the meeting said: "The Secretary of State at Home has raised the need for additional funding of the police and prohibition to negotiate with border forces . The response from Chancellor and Liz Truss was that we did not make this offer and that we would consider whether there was a real need, but that would be quite surprising given that the Treasury has already released funds for the Brexit – of which the Home Office has got the most – so that they should not have been exhausted now. "
Amber Rudd, the secretary in charge of work and pensions, who supports Hunt, was among those expected to oppose the increase in expenses related to the possibility of a Brexit without agreement, saying that public services should be a higher priority.
Theresa May has also issued a warning to party leadership candidates who are willing to authorize an exit without agreement that Parliament is unlikely to defend it.
She told her cabinet that her successor would have the same problem, that there were as many Conservative MPs willing to end a non-agreement as colleagues who would vote against her agreement.
During the long meeting, tensions also increased when Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said that it was not illegal to prorogue Parliament to force a Brexit without agreement, citing a precedent. However, he stressed that it would be unconstitutional and inadvisable to do so, in response to a question of whether this was legally possible.