Umunna – David Davis “running scared” from parliamentary scrutiny

David Davis has been accused of “running scared” from parliamentary scrutiny by repeatedly dodging appearances before the House of Lords European Union Select Committee.

The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union has refused repeated requests to appear before the Select Committee in August or September. His last appearance in front of the Committee was on July 5th and by the time he appears again in October, four rounds of the Brexit negotiations – in July, August, September and October – will have taken place since David Davis last updated the Committee on their progress.

Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:

“It’s a sure sign that the Government does not think negotiations are going well when its chief negotiator is going out of his way to avoid examination of them.

“David Davis is clearly running scared of parliamentary scrutiny when he is ducking answering questions for more than a quarter of the year. 

“With no coherent negotiating position, it’s hardly surprising that the Secretary of State wants to avoid the forensic examination by the House of Lords Select Committee. 

“But the British public deserves better. David Davis should agree to appear before the Committee in September or quite rightly face accusations of ducking his responsibilities to our sovereign parliament.”

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Notes to editors

The full text of the letter from David Davis to Lord Jay of the EU Select Committee is here:

http://www.parliament.uk/documents/lords-committees/eu-select/Correspondence-2017-19/09-08-17-Letter-from-David-Davis-MP.pdf

The letter from Lord Jay to David Davis, which notes his previous decline to appear in front of the Committee in August and invites him again to do so in September is here:

http://www.parliament.uk/documents/lords-committees/eu-select/Correspondence-2017-19/01-08-17-Letter-to-David-Davis-MP.pdf