Leading cross-party supporters of the Open Britain campaign are today calling on the Government to release its economic analysis of the impact of Brexit.
David Davis, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, has said many times that his department is conducting “sectoral analysis” of the British economy, to gauge the economic impact of Brexit on, and the best way forward for, different parts of the British economy.
Despite the vital importance of this exercise, the Government has made clear that it has no intention of making this analysis public. David Davis has said he would only endorse “accountability after the event”, but not before triggering Article 50. His Department’s Minister in the Lords, George Bridges, echoed this when he was challenged to publish an assessment of the UK’s options outside the EU and responded, “the next milestone in this process will be the triggering of Article 50.”
Now, senior politicians from the Open Britain campaign have warned the Government against keeping this analysis secret and demanded that it is published and Parliament given a chance to scrutinise it fully before Article 50 is triggered.
Dominic Grieve MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:
“The Government must make public all its internal analysis so Parliament and the country have a chance to scrutinise its decision-making.
“As they have the information, it should be made public in the interests of transparency and so people can make their own judgements.”
Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:
“This is an outrageous attempt to avoid necessary scrutiny.
“The Government must be open with the country, not operate a secretive stitch-up between Brexiteer ministers who said there would be no long-term economic fallout from leaving the EU, when the opposite seems to be true.”
Norman Lamb MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:
“There can be no back-room deals. If the Government operate in the shadows and don’t reveal the basis of their thinking, they will never achieve national consent for their position.
“Parliament must have a voice. To deny it would be anti-democratic, and the ultimate irony from those who claim to support Parliamentary sovereignty.”