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Brexit so far: The facts and figures

Today was going to be the day the UK left the European Union “do or die” – here are some facts and figures on where we are now…

1,226 – the number of days since the June 2016 date that the UK voted to leave the EU.

949 – the days since Article 50 was invoked.

219 – days since the original date planned for Brexit to happen (29 March 2019).

£66bn – the amount that Brexit has cost the British economy is much debated. This figure is from S&P Global.

£1,000 – that’s how much it’s cost per person, so far. That’s 91p every day, based on those S&P Global figures.

£4.2bn – how much the Treasury says it has allocated for Brexit preparations – roughly £2bn has been spent on no-deal plans under Operation Yellowhammer, which has now been stood down.

Palliative care doctor Rachel Clarke says this £2bn is the equivalent of 420 hip operations, 45,000 nurses, 28,000 doctors, 2,100 CT scanners, six hospitals.

£100m – amount of taxpayers’ money set aside for the government’s ‘Get Ready For Brexit’ advertising campaign, the cabinet office says. The campaign is now on hold.

£3,000 – the average cost to each small business in preparations for Brexit, according to the Federation for Small Business.

13% – the amount the pound has devalued against the dollar since the vote. Uncertainty over Brexit is thought to be one of the factors behind this fall.

11% – amount that business investment in the UK has fallen over the past three years, according to a Bank of England report.

10m – the reported number of commemorative 50p coins to be made, carrying the date 31 October and the words ‘peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations’.

Thousands have so far been minted and they will now be melted down, or “recycled”, as the Treasury said.

404,160 – the number of civil servants currently employed. That’s nearly 20,000 more than in June 2016.

100 – the number of days since Boris Johnson became prime minister.

3 – number of Tory leaders to grapple with Brexit, along with three Brexit secretaries.

3 – we’ve already had two elections in four years, and now we’re about to have the third.

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