Umunna – Government's Brexit gagging agreements are "shocking and very serious"

It has been reported today by Sky News that the Government has been asking companies and industry groups to sign non-disclosure agreements over the impact of Brexit for Britain’s borders.

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

“This is a shocking and very serious development. The Government is sharing its plans for Britain’s borders with companies, collecting data on the impact of their plans and then making those companies sign gagging agreements to withhold the information from Parliament and the British people.

“It is undemocratic and makes a complete mockery of Parliamentary sovereignty. MPs must be provided with this information in order to reach an informed view on the Customs and Trade Bills which are currently making their way through the House of Commons. 

“What happens at the border matters for jobs, for investment and for the future of the Good Friday Agreement. It is not acceptable for the Government to share facts about the consequences of Brexit with a few people in industry but to conceal them from our elected representatives and the public.

“It is now essential that the Government sets out its plans for our border with the EU before Parliament and instead of sharing the information with just a privileged few, makes it available for everyone. Then we can all decide whether Brexit and what it means for the border and the Irish peace process is in the national interest.”

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Notes to editors

The story is online here: https://news.sky.com/story/brexit-government-paranoia-over-secret-business-agreements-11290344