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Davis says UK Government has not assessed impact of Brexit on economy

Davis says UK Government has not assessed impact of Brexit on economy

Davis told the Commons Exiting the EU Committee on Wednesday "no sort of systematic impact assessment" had been done on various key sectors of the economy.

The government was forced into releasing information from Brexit impact studies - which show the potential effect of leaving the European Union on various sectors - after Labour won a vote effectively forcing its hand.

"Whether it's through incompetence or insincerity, David Davis has been misleading Parliament from the start", she said.

Benn said it was "rather strange" that the government undertakes impact assessments routinely, on various policies, but hadn't done so on "the most fundamental change we are facing".

Malhotra: I mean the impact assessments that you have not published.

Eventually, following complaints, MPs were eventually handed two files containing 850 pages of mainly background "sectoral analyses" of various parts of the economy.

Instead, he said, officials will "at some stage" during the forthcoming second phase of Brexit negotiations, dealing with trade, conduct work to quantify the effects of different possible outcomes, such as a free trade agreement with the European Union or moving to World Trade Organisation rules.

This morning's revelation is the latest move in a chaotic week for the negotiations, after prime minister Theresa May was forced to walk away from an agreement over the Irish border at the eleventh hour when it transpired that the DUP would not support the deal.

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Davis continued: "Therefore the usefulness of such a detailed impact assessment is near zero".

Nevertheless, lawmakers have pressured the government into releasing a summary of its analysis to the committee.

After the hearing, some MPs had called for Davis to be held in contempt of parliament for not complying with a Commons motion in October demanding that he release the impact assessments - prompting the vote.

'It is unbelievable that these long-trumpeted impact assessments don't even exist, meaning the government has no idea what their Brexit plans will do to the country'.

Asked whether there is an assessment on aerospace or financial services, he added: "The answer is going to be "no" for all of them".

"I've written to him in my second letter to say I believe the government are in contempt of the House and I know he's been extremely patient and generous with them, but now it has to end and it's quite clear that they are in contempt, so I'm asking him to make a further ruling". Either way, how is Davis still in his job?'

The general secretary of the GMB union, Tim Roache, said ministers had "either. been leading us up the garden path or they're playing fast and loose with people's livelihoods, communities and the economy".

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