Molly, who is Green Party Spokesperson for Brexit, has today accused the government of misleading her, Parliament, and the wider public over the Brexit studies and has slammed the shambolic state of the Brexit negotiations.

The accusations come following Brexit minister Steve Baker’s comments to the House of Commons this week in which he said it would take time to release the impact assessment and insisted that there had been ‘some misunderstanding’ about the analyses, which he claimed do not exist as separate documents. Speaking in a Parlaimentary debate, Steve Baker said of the impact studies: “it has not, nor has it ever been, a series of impact assessments examining the quantitative impact of Brexit on these sectors.”

In contrast, on the 26th September in response to a FOI, DExEU specifically stated that: “this initial set of analyses are standalone documents.” A further FOI request by Shaun Davey received a response suggesting multiple documents: “…achieving a successful outcome to the negotiations… could be jeopardized by releasing the respective length and relevant dates of each document.”

Responding, Molly said:

“I have been asking to see these documents for the last 8 months and in this time the government has come back to me with excuse after excuse about why they cannot publish them. This week I was shocked to see Steve Baker directly contradict what his department has previously publicly stated. Through either conspiracy or cock up, this government has misled me, their colleagues in the House of Commons and perhaps most importantly, the wider public.”

She continued:

“This is just the latest fiasco in this government’s shambolic attempt to limp on with these disastrous Brexit negotiations. As it is obviously not willing to come clean about the true impacts of Brexit voluntarily, I will continue with the threat of court action alongside the Good Law Project, to ensure these studies are made publicly available in their entirety. Or, if they turn out not to exist, to expose the government for misleading the country.”

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