David Davis: publish your Brexit impact studies

Published 30 October 2017

More than 120 cross-party MPs, including 25 supported by More United, have signed a letter demanding that the Government immediately publish the findings of secret studies into the impact Brexit will have on 50 different sectors.

Co-ordinated by More United-backed MPs David Lammy and Seema Malhotra, the letter says the Government's failure to publish these reports is preventing MPs from doing their job and holding ministers to account. 

David Lammy said: “We are calling on the Government to come clean and publish these studies so we can have a full and frank debate about the impact of Brexit with all the facts and analysis out in the open.”

Seema Malhotra pointed out: “This is now not about sides but a nation planning together for a big change ahead. It is about leadership, clarity and responsibility."


Dear David

Re: Brexit economic impact studies

We are writing to call on the Department for Exiting the European Union to publish the findings of the sectoral analysis the Government has undertaken on over 50 sectors of leaving the European Union.

Members of Parliament have submitted Parliamentary Questions and Freedom of Information requests. Despite a Ministerial commitment in June, DExEU has refused to even confirm which sectors have been looked into. 

Leaving the European Union will have a huge impact on our economy for generations to come. In order to manage the transition as smoothly as possible and protect jobs and the economy from undue risk, it is our belief that these impact assessments should be published immediately. 

The failure to do so is clearly an attempt to keep not only Parliament but the public in the dark. This is not about whether we leave the European Union - this is about ensuring that we have the necessary transparency, clarity, accountability and responsibility in how we proceed, therefore ensuring that the Government is held to account by Parliament throughout this process.

We have heard Government Ministers argue that Brexit will repatriate sovereignty to our Parliament, which makes this attempt to bypass Parliament even more concerning.

Without access to the latest and best possible analysis and research, Parliament is unable to properly scrutinise the Government's plan for Brexit, and Members of Parliament will be unable to fully contribute to an evidence-led debate on policy. 

The Government has promised that the impact studies would be published "shortly" and in "due course". With only 536 days left to exit day, time is running out for that to happen. 

We believe it is important that there is a full and frank debate about the impact of Brexit on our economy, jobs, trade and living standards and what can be done to mitigate risks. That is only possible if analysis of the impact of Brexit is published.

Yours sincerely

Rt Hon David Lammy MP & Seema Malhotra MP

Thank you for taking action - the petition is now closed - following a vote in Parliament the studies will be published if they exist.