Having exposed that the government has undertaken secret studies into the impacts of Brexit on at least 50 sectors of the economy, Molly has put in a freedom of information request for further details. She wrote to the Brexit Secretary, David Davis, requesting he release the findings of any studies the government have carried out into the potential impacts of Brexit. In a response, the Department of Health or the Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) revealed they had “conducted analysis of over 50 sectors” but did not offer to share any findings.
The failure by the government to disclose details of the studies, on grounds it “would undermine the Government’s ability to negotiate the best deal for Britain” has prompted Molly to use a FoI request. A leaked study, undertaken by the Department of Health, suggests Brexit could result in a shortage of more than 40,000 nurses by 2026. Molly has made a request for details of the impact of Brexit upon the National Health Service, and whether the study was commissioned by the Department of Health or DExEU. She said:
“It is high time the government came clean and revealed the results of these studies. A failure to do so just fuels the growing uncertainties and concerns people have over this government’s hard Brexit folly. We hope that by asking for one particular study, we can avoid the all-too-often prevarication on grounds of cost and other spurious reasons for refusing to disclose information that is clearly in the public interest.”
A new petition set up by the European Movement, calling on the Government to publish the analysis conducted into the impacts of Brexit on the UK’s economy and across its various sectors, has already reached almost 8000 signatures. The petition has the support of Labour and the Lib Dems, as well as the Green Party. Molly said:
“I welcome this initiative by the European Movement and am delighted it is receiving cross -party backing and strong support from the public. It is very much in the public interest that the Brexit process is as open and transparent as possible. If the government is withholding significant information about the future of our country, then it is working against the very principle of democracy.”