At ministerial questions in the House of Commons this morning, Brexit Minister Steve Baker endorsed the claim from Jacob Rees-Mogg that he (Baker) had been told that, “officials in the Treasury had deliberately developed a model to show that all options other than staying in the Customs Union were bad and that officials intended to use this to influence policy.”
Commenting, Pat McFadden MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:
“The way the Brexit Minister spoke about the civil service from the despatch box both today and earlier in the week speaks volumes about what Brexit is doing to our politics.
“This week we’ve seen Ministers rubbish their own Government’s documents, attack all forecasting, take pot shots at the Bank of England and reprimand parliament about its role. None of this is healthy for our democracy.
“The response to the reports of the Government’s Brexit analysis have been like something from conspiracy-theory central. The truth is some Brexiters don’t care what any economic forecast says because they are prepared to have the public pay any economic price in order to fulfil their nationalist dreams of achieving the hardest Brexit possible.”