Seema Malhotra MP has been cooperating with David Lammy MP to coordinate 120 MPs across party to demand the publication of the economic analysis by sector that David Davis confessed to before the Brexit Selection Committee.
In an letter coordinated by Labour Members of Parliament and Seema Malhotra MP and David Lammy MP, over 120 Members of Parliament are have called 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.
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.
Seema Malhotra MP 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 leave or remain but a nation planning together for a big change ahead. It is about leadership, clarity and responsibility.”
David Lammy 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”.
The full letter is below: