MPs urge David Davis to “come clean” about impact of Brexit on economy
Financial By Garry Polmateer | October 12, 2017
More than 120 MPs have called on Brexit Secretary David Davis to “come clean” and publish the Government’s assessments of the impact of leaving the European Union on the economy.
The Labour, Liberal Democrat and Scottish National Party MPs accused the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) of keeping “not only Parliament but the public in the dark”.
They criticised DExEU’s refusal to publish the analysis of more than 50 economic sectors, despite written parliamentary questions and freedom of information requests, saying MPs and the public need to see it to enable “full and frank” debate on Brexit.
A DExEU spokesman said: “The full list of sectors will be published shortly.”
The letter to Mr Davis was co-ordinated by Labour MPs David Lammy and Seema Malhotra.
Mr Lammy said: “We have to wonder what exactly the Government are hiding in refusing to publish these reports.
“Parliament and the public have a right to know what analysis the Government has done on the impact of Brexit, particularly if this analysis reveals that a hard Brexit will be a disaster for our economy, jobs, trade and living standards.
“So we are calling on the Government to come clean and publish these studies so we can have a full and frank debate about the impact of Brexit with all the facts and analysis out in the open.”
Ms Malhotra said: “This is yet another sign of the Government desperate to avoid scrutiny and seeking to bypass Parliament and the public.
“Publishing both the list of sectors and the results of the studies is clearly in the public interest and vital for protecting our jobs and economy.
“This is now not about sides but a nation planning together for a big change ahead. It is about leadership, clarity and responsibility.”