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Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Exiting the European Union
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the Answer of 30 March 2017 to Question 69306, for what reason he believes the information requested would undermine the ability to negotiate the best possible deal for Britain.
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Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 26 June 2017

The Department for Exiting the European Union, working with officials across Government, continues to undertake a wide range of analysis to support our negotiations. Our work covers the breadth of the UK economy, and we are looking in detail at more than 50 sectors as well as areas of cross-cutting regulation. Parliament has agreed that we will not publish anything that would undermine the Government’s ability to negotiate the best deal for Britain. Now, that the Prime Minister has initiated the Article 50 process and negotiations have begun in earnest, I can confirm that we will shortly be publishing the list of sectors we have been examining - though this of course does not mean that we have changed our position on revealing information which may harm our negotiating position.

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