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MPs Urge Davis To Publish Brexit Impact Studies

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BRUSSELS, Aug. 28, 2017 (Xinhua) -- British Brexit Secretary David Davis (R) and European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrive to address the media prior to the third round of Brexit talks in Brussels, Belgium, Aug. 28, 2017. The European Union (EU) on Monday urged Britain to take a more serious stance and quickly provide official positions on all Brexit issues as the latter called for more
British Brexit Secretary David Davis (R) and European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrive to address the media prior to the third round of Brexit talks in Brussels, Belgium (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan/IANS)

In an letter coordinated by Labour Members of Parliament and Seema Malhotra MP and David Lammy MP, over 120 Members of Parliament are calling on Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis MP to publish the findings of analysis undertaken by his Department into the impact of leaving the European Union on over 50 sectors of the economy….reports Asian Lite News

BRUSSELS, Aug. 28, 2017 (Xinhua) -- British Brexit Secretary David Davis (R) and European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrive to address the media prior to the third round of Brexit talks in Brussels, Belgium, Aug. 28, 2017. The European Union (EU) on Monday urged Britain to take a more serious stance and quickly provide official positions on all Brexit issues as the latter called for more "flexibility and imagination" on both sides in the third round talks. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan/IANS) by .
British Brexit Secretary David Davis (R) and European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrive to address the media prior to the third round of Brexit talks in Brussels, Belgium (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan/IANS)

The letter, signed by Labour, Liberal Democrat and Scottish National Party Members of Parliament, accuses the Government of keeping “not only Parliament but the public in the dark”, and preventing Parliament from holding the Government to account. The letter also accuses the Government of contradicting its position by arguing that Brexit will repatriate sovereignty to our Parliament whilst simultaneously attempting to bypass Parliament by supressing these impact assessments.

The MPs’ call on the Government to ensure there can be “full and frank debate about the impact of Brexit on our economy, jobs, trade and living standards and what can be done to mitigate risks” by publishing the impact studies.

“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 leave or remain but a nation planning together for a big change ahead. It is about leadership, clarity and responsibility”, Seema Malhotra MP 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”, David Lammy MP said.

 

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