According to the National Audit Office (NAO), government departments had spent at least £97m on Brexit consultants by April 2019.
An investigation by the NAO found that expenditure figures held by the Cabinet office failed to match up with departmental figures. Cabinet Office figures showed £65m was spent on consultants in the year to April 2019, but the investigation by the NAO uncovered an additional £32m in Brexit consultancy expenditure by departments, including costs from the EU Referendum.
The NAO has criticised the government for having “not met the standards of transparency expected by government when publishing details of contracts for EU exit consultancy”
The government has used consultants such as Deloitte, PA Consulting, Pricewaterhousecoopers and Ernst & Young to advise on the Brexit process.
Labour MP Ms Hillier, responding to the investigation said;
“The lack of transparency around Brexit preparations that my committee has become all too familiar with applies to the use of these consultants.
“It is not good enough that some departments are failing to publish even basic information about their contracts and that the Cabinet Office does not know how much is being spent across government.”
The Management Consultancies Association, who has provided some support to the government on Brexit said;
“Departments have faced an unprecedented volume of workload planning for all Brexit scenarios and using external resources has enabled the government to work quickly and with intensity on major programmes across the UK.”