The Committee on Exiting the European Union publishes material from the documents provided by the Department for Exiting the EU.
The Committee on Exiting the European Union publishes material from the documents provided by the Department for Exiting the EU, in response to the Humble Address of 31 January 2018.
At its meeting on Wednesday 7 March, the Committee agreed to publish the documents provided by the Department in full with the exception of a single annex highlighted by the Department as being sensitive to the ongoing EU-UK negotiations.
The briefing and associated correspondence between the Chair and Secretary of State can be found in the publications section of the Committee's website.
Committee Chair Hilary Benn MP said:
"The results of this analysis, undertaken by the Government with the aim of quantifying the potential impact of leaving the EU on the British economy, are already largely in the public domain in one form or another.
Allowing this information to be considered in its full context, rather than selectively quoted, will help properly to inform public debate about how the figures were arrived at and what the economic effects of Brexit might be.
The analysis suggests that there will be an adverse effect on the economy of the UK and all its regions, and that the degree of impact will depend on the outcome achieved in the negotiations. Last week the Prime Minister said that as a result of Brexit "our access to each other’s markets will be less than it is now."
The Committee asked the Secretary of State whether there was any specific material that he would prefer the Committee not to publish on the grounds that it was commercially, market or negotiation-sensitive. Having considered both the Department's response and the significant public interest in the impact of Brexit on the British economy, the Committee has decided to publish the EU Exit Analysis, with a single annex removed on the grounds of negotiation sensitivity."