Treasury Committee chair criticises Govt’s Brexit impact reports

Written by Oliver Wade

Treasury Select Committee chair Nicky Morgan has slated the government over its Brexit outcome analysis, claiming it has illustrated the “most optimistic” model without addressing the backstop or addressing the short-term impacts of leaving the European Union (EU).

Morgan claimed that Hammond’s white paper on Brexit “shed no more light” on these issues.

MPs are currently preparing for a crucial vote next week on the terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, while Prime Minister Theresa May is attempting to secure backing for her own proposals, which has widely been labelled as too unpopular to pass the Commons.

Morgan claimed: “When MPs do eventually come to vote on the Withdrawal Agreement next week, we will be doing so without all the facts.

“This is not a position which MPs, as representatives of constituents across the UK, should be put in by any Government.”

The Treasury Committee complained last month that the government had failed to fully address issues surrounding Brexit in its economic impact assessments, including the impact of the Irish backdrop and the short term effects of Britain’s departure.

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