The Government has confirmed that 58 studies analysing Brexit’s impact on different sectors – including environmental services and insurance – have been produced. But it has also refused to release them despite a request by Labour MP Seema Malhotra under freedom of information laws.
The Department for Exiting the EU said releasing the reports may undermine the UK’s negotiation position with the EU. It added that officials need a “safe space” so that deliberations can be done in private.
“Disclosure would similarly set a precedent that would inhibit free and frank discussion in the future. Without the necessary safe space for unreserved instruction in commissioning briefs, the quality of the eventual advice from the respective exercise would be diminished and would in turn lead to poorer decision making,” said the department, as quoted by The Guardian.
Malhotra, who is part of Parliament’s Brexit committee, said the department seems to be more about keeping the public in the dark.
“Parliament is not here to give the government a blank cheque on Brexit, but to assist in achieving the best deal for our economy and society,” she added.
Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s Chief Negotiator, and David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union are set to meet on Thursday and Friday next week for Article 50 negotiations.
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