‘Get ready for Brexit’ advertising campaign launches

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Image copyrightAFP/GETTY IMAGESImage captionAdverts in national newspapers on Monday told the public to ‘prepare’ for Britain’s exit from the EU

An information campaign urging the public to “get ready for Brexit” has been launched by the government.

The campaign began on Sunday with the launch of a website, gov.uk/brexit.

Billboards and social media adverts will appear in the coming days and TV adverts will air later this month.

Michael Gove, who is in charge of no-deal plans, said the adverts encourage “shared responsibility” for preparing to leave the EU on 31 October.

It has been reported that the campaign could cost as much as £100m as ministers seek to inform people what they might need to do, if anything, ahead of the deadline.

Benedict Pringle, author of the politicaladvertising.co.uk blog, said that, if true, the £100m budget would be roughly double what the National Lottery spends on advertising each year.

“So if you think about how often you see a lottery advert and double it, that’s how much we could be seeing the campaign over the next two months,” he told the BBC.

“At football grounds, in advert breaks for Coronation Street and The Great British Bake Off, this is where you’ll get the biggest reach with the public.”

Media captionMichael Gove: ‘Everyone will have the food they need’

What does the campaign involve?

An image showing one of the campaign’s billboards was issued by the Cabinet Office ahead of their rollout this week.

Leaflets, online seminars, and information stands at events will also be used.

British citizens who are intending to travel to Europe and businesses which export to the EU are among the specific groups targeted by the campaign.

The campaign encourages people and businesses to visit the government website to answer questions and receive advice on preparing for Brexit.

 

 

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