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Pressure mounts on Tories to release secret Brexit files

by Lamiat Sabin

MINISTERS may be forced to finally release the government’s secret studies into the economic impact of Brexit today as Labour seeks a binding vote on the issue.

The government has faced repeated calls to disclose the 58 studies, which contains analysis about the effect of leaving the EU on the economy, but have refused to do so.

To force its hand Labour is now seeking a binding vote in the Commons that would require ministers to share the reports with the Conservative-majority Brexit select committee.

Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said: “Labour recognises the importance of protecting the government’s negotiating position with the EU.

“However, that does not give ministers the right to impose a blanket ban on publishing any information whatsoever about the economic impact of Brexit.

“At the start of the negotiations, Prime Minister Theresa May said everyone needed certainty during the Brexit process and that the vote to leave was a vote for Parliament to take back control.

“If those words meant anything at all, then she should stop sidelining Parliament and give MPs the information they need to properly hold the government to account.”

Earlier this month a letter signed by 120 MPs called on Brexit Secretary David Davis to publish the Brexit studies.

GMB union general secretary Tim Roache wrote to Ms May yesterday demanding that the reports are published alongside the Autumn Budget later this month.

In his letter Mr Roache wrote: “The Leave campaign’s slogan was ‘take back control’ — not ‘let’s fly blind’.

“I therefore urge the government to publish the risk reports, engage with trade unions and employers to safeguard jobs and support our industries.”


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