||<p>Overall, the government has already made over £6.3bn available to prepare for EU
exit. This includes £2 billion of core funding for departments for Brexit in 2020-21,
which was confirmed in the recent Spending Round.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has
introduced significant and widespread measures to aid SMEs’ preparations for Brexit.
We have created a £108m Brexit Business Preparedness Pot – which is being allocated
across government.</p><p> </p><p>The Government is supporting the North through devolution
deals for, among others, Manchester, Liverpool, and, most recently, North of Tyne,
as well as through over £13 billion of investment in better transport across the north.
In addition, we have invested over £3 billion from the local growth fund in the region
since 2015, and we committed at the last Budget to announce a renewed northern powerhouse
strategy.</p><p> </p><p>In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the Government
has guaranteed funding for certain EU funded projects agreed before the end of 2020.
This includes EU funded research projects, where UK organisations successfully bid
directly to the European Commission on a competitive basis, and ensures that UK charities,
businesses and universities, will continue to receive funding over a project’s lifetime,
even in a no deal scenario.</p><p> </p><p>The UK economy remains resilient but we
will continue to closely monitor any developments in economic risks to firms, sectors,
and regions. Should circumstances require, the government will take the necessary
action to support the UK economy through the transition.</p>