The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has demanded more than £1bn extra funds for police and border force officials to cope with a no-deal Brexit in a request met with scepticism by the chancellor, Philip Hammond.
In a sign the costs of an unresolved Brexit situation are mounting across the board, cabinet members clashed on Tuesday over whether it was necessary to plough more money into preparations for the possibility of leaving without a deal in October.
Javid requested the money to pay for police and border staff who were hired in large numbers before the last March deadline and have been kept on in case they are needed later in the year.
Almost all of the Conservative leadership contestants have, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, insisted that a no-deal Brexit must remain a possibility.
There was, however, no agreement at cabinet to step up any spending on a no-deal scenario, despite demands from Stephen Barclay, the Brexit secretary, to bolster preparations.
It is understood Javid has now formally written to the Treasury asking for between £1bn and £2bn in extra funding for the Home Office.
Despite the promises of some candidates for the Conservative leadership to take the UK out of the EU at the end of October, it is unlikely Hammond will look on Javid’s demand favourably. The Treasury allocated at least £500m to the department when £2bn of Brexit preparation spending was shared across Whitehall.
A source with knowledge of the meeting said: “The home secretary raised the need for additional police and border force no-deal funding. Read more