Leslie - Scandal that Treasury's Brexit impact analysis is being kept secret

Members of the Government's European Union Exit and Trade Committee say they have not been shown the Treasury's analyses of the economic impact of “different scenarios for the future trading relationship with the EU”, according to an article by Robert Peston. These revelations follow a letter in December from 25 Labour MPs, coordinated by Open Britain, to the Chancellor, calling for immediate publication of the analysis.  

Commenting, Chris Leslie MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“It beggars belief that even Ministers haven’t been shown the Brexit cost-benefit analysis produced by the Treasury.

“It is a scandal that taxpayer-funded analysis about the future of our economy and our country is being kept secret.

“Cabinet Ministers throw around terms like ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ but how would they know when their own Government refuses to show them any evidence for such a claim. The only conclusion that can be drawn is that they reveal that the Government's Brexit plan will be utterly devastating for our economy.

“It is vital that light is shed on the modelling of different scenarios that the Treasury has carried out. That means publishing it in its entirety, so the public and MPs of all parties know what the reality of Brexit actually means for us all.” 


Notes to editors:

Robert Peston’s article revealing that senior ministers have not been shown the analysis:https://www.facebook.com/pestonitv/posts/1978683832456352

A write-up of the letter to Philip Hammond from 25 Labour MPs: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/26/philip-hammond-urged-publish-treasury-brexit-impact-studies