The Government has not carried out a single “impact assessment” on how #Brexit will affect various economic sectors and didn’t assess the impact of leaving the EU customs union before the decision was taken, David Davis has admitted.
MPs renewed demands for a contempt of Parliament vote against the Brexit Secretary following his announcement that there had been no such analysis – “despite having previously indicated that work had been undertaken”, says The Independent.
Davis told the Exiting the European Union Committee that “publishing a series of sectoral impact assessments would undermine the UK’s negotiating position and potentially reveal sensitive information”, reports the Financial Times.
MLex reporter Matthew Holehouse tweeted that “the key point is these ‘impact assessments’ were used as a shield for a year to tell business all their concerns and needs were being listened to and entered into the Brexit masterplan”.
“Whether it’s through incompetence or insincerity, David Davis has been misleading Parliament from the start,” said Lib Dem spokesperson Tom Brake.
The Guardian‘s Rafael Behr says that “to sustain the delusion, they have tried to avoid scrutiny in parliament and, by extension, deceive the British public.”