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Stop Hiding Brexit Impact Assessments

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

 

HIDING BREXIT IMPACT ASSESSMENTS SHOWS INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY NOT WORTH PAPER IT’S PRINTED ON SAYS GMB

Never mind being in contempt of Parliament – by not being open about the impact of their approach to Brexit, the Government is in contempt of workers, industry and the British public.

GMB, Britain’s general union, says the fact David Davis’ department is heavily redacting Brexit impact assessments makes a mockery of yesterday’s industrial strategy.

The Brexit Secretary has been told he could be in contempt of Parliament after Government analysis on the impact of Brexit on 58 industrial sectors were heavily edited before being handed to a select committee. [1]

This afternoon Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer challenged the Brexit Minister to make a statement on the release of the impact assessments with an urgent question.

GMB has been calling on the Government to stop hiding the information from the general public since January. [2]

Last month GMB’s General Secretary Tim Roache wrote to the Prime Minister demanding the Brexit impact assessments be published. [3]

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said:

“Never mind being in contempt of Parliament – by not being open about the impact of their approach to Brexit, the Government is in contempt of workers, industry and the British public.

“Brexit is without doubt the most important issue facing the UK economy for a generation – so any industrial strategy that doesn’t reference the potential impact isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

“This is not a political game - this affects people’s lives, their jobs, their families and their futures.

“The Government must come clean on this – what have they got to hide?”

ENDS

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

Notes to Editors:

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/nov/27/mps-attack-david-davis-for-handing-over-redacted-brexit-reports?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=254298&subid=830766&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

[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] 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.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/brexit-risk-assessment

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