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GMB Demands Prime Minister Stops Hiding Brexit Risk Assessments From The Public

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Union calls on May to publish existing 50 departmental reports on the impact of Brexit alongside November Budget.

GMB General Secretary Tim Roache has written to the Prime Minister today demanding the Government to publish its Brexit risk assessments alongside this month's Budget. [1]

The union, which has been calling on the Government to stop hiding the information from the general public since January, said the Prime Minister could no longer keep the risk assessments from public view [2]

The Department for Exiting the European Union has completed over 50 different risk studies, but so far has refused to share any of them with the British public. [3

]In March, GMB published opinion polling which showed more than twice as many members of the public want to see these reports published than those who do not [4].

GMB is now calling on the Prime Minster to publish all of them alongside the budget on Wednesday 22 November.

In his letter to the Prime Minister Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, writes:

“By not publishing the reports, your departments are keeping all of those with an interest in the success of UK industries in the dark.

“Keeping this information from the public is preventing us from working together to navigate the challenges, mitigate the risks and take advantage of any opportunities that may arise as we leave the European Union.

“The public also want to see the risk reports published. In March 2017, GMB published opinion polling which showed more than twice as many members of the public want to see these reports published than those who do not.

“Yet it seems the only way those outside of Government can read assessments on how the UK economy might fare und?er the different Brexit scenarios is to look overseas."

He adds:

“During the referendum, the Leave campaign’s slogan was ‘take back control’ – not ‘let’s fly blind’.

“I therefore urge the Government to publish the risk reports, engage with trade unions and employers together to safeguard jobs and support our industries.

“Refusal to publish them will only increase suspicion that the Government is making decisions relating to Brexit against the economic interests of working people.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors

[1] See letter here: http://www.gmb.org.uk/Tim-Roache-letter-to-PM-Brexit-risk-reports.docx

[2] GMB tells PM: come clean on what Brexit plan means for jobs and wages

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

'Come clean on what PM's Brexit priorities really mean for working people' says GMB

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/gmb-pm-brexit-priorities-working-people

[3] https://www.ft.com/content/ff48e924-9a0d-11e7-a652-cde3f882dd7b

[4] 'More Than Half Brits Want To Know Brexit Impact'

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Union calls on Government to publish plans as Brexit Secretary admits no economic impact assessment made of Britain leaving the EU without a deal

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/gmb-pm-brexit-priorities-working-people?

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