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Listen: Business minister’s Brexit money gaffe

It’s a busy day for the government, as they finally unveil their immigration white paper and begin the preparations for no deal.

But as the government’s gears grind into gear, it appears that some ministers have been struggling with their own personal preparations for interviews. Energy minister Claire Perry was on 5 Live this morning to discuss the government’s plans, but fell at the first hurdle when she was asked this simple question by Emma Barnett:

‘How much [money for Brexit] has been allocated to your department?’

To which the minister could only reply:

‘Gosh, you know I actually don’t know the amount’

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