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East of England Liberal Democrats

The long-awaited Brexit impact assessments turn out not to exist

December 6, 2017 1:31 PM
Originally published by East Suffolk Liberal Democrats

The government's

The Guardian reports online*:

"The UK government has produced no economic forecasts on the likely impact of Brexit on various sectors of the economy, the Brexit secretary, David Davis, has told a committee of MPs who have attempted to examine the studies.

"Answering questions from the Brexit select committee, Davis also said there had been no economic impact study undertaken before the cabinet decision to leave the EU customs union, and no assessment had been made of the possible economic effect of a no-deal Brexit.

"'There's no systematic impact assessment,' Davis told the committee, which had summoned him to explain why it had not received more information from the studies following a House of Commons vote calling for their release."

The Lib Dem Press Office has released a statement from Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse describing the situation as "unbelievable":

Wera Hobhouse comment on impact assessments



* The Guardian, "Sector-by-sector Brexit impact forecasts do not exist", https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/06/sector-by-sector-brexit-impact-forecasts-do-not-exist-says-david-davis [accessed 06 December 2017]