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Brexit Secretary David Davis urged to resign over lack of impact assessments

10 December, 2017, 03:21 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Third, Mr Davis probably didn't help his own reputation by telling the committee he had been handed two chapters of the 850 pages of analysis but hadn't read them.

The Brexit secretary was accused of misleading Parliament after he told MPs such assessments would have "near-zero" value, having previously said that civil servants were analysing dozens of different sectors.

Brexit Secretary David Davis has admitted the Government has not carried out an overall assessment of the impact of Britain leaving the European Union.

Former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron also said the Tory MP for Haltemprice and Howden to stand down, calling for "Dexit: an exit from the duplicity and dither of David Davis" as he had "misled Parliament and... turned incompetence into an art form".

Asked if there were studies into Brexit's impact on industries - including aerospace and financial services - he said: "I think the answer is going to be no to all of them".




Mr Davis was at the centre of a row over the nature...

But yesterday he told the committee: 'You don't need to do a formal impact assessment to understand that, if there is a regulatory hurdle between your producers and a market, there will be an impact.

In response, the government said this motion "misunderstood" what the documents actually were, but has since provided an edited set of reports to the committee. "That is not there".

Davis had told the BBC that "50 or almost 60" sectoral analyses had already been done, while in response to a question in October on whether the Prime Minister had seen impact assessments that had not yet been published, he answered: "She will know the summary outcomes of them".

During PMQs, Prime Minister Theresa May repeated Mr Davis' line that "sectoral analysis", not "impact assessments" had been drawn up, adding that the government would not give a running commentary on the negotiations.

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