MEP tells Davis to stop ducking and diving and release Brexit impact studies in full

Molly has said the latest ‘ducking and diving’ by David Davis and the government over releasing studies into the impact of Brexit confirms the need to press ahead with court action next week.

Lawyers representing Molly and Jolyon Maugham QC of the Good Law Project wrote to David Davis and Philip Hammond last week giving them 14 days to release the studies into the economic impacts of Brexit in full. Given the limited disclosure of information by the government today and that fact that the reports are heavily redacted, Molly and Mr Maugham have said they will start judicial review proceedings in the High Court next week.

In a letter today to Hilary Benn, David Davis again repeated that full disclosure would ‘risk undermining negotiations with the EU’.

Molly said:

“Everyone has had enough of this ducking and diving by Davis. We cannot accept any further attempts to conceal the economic impacts of Brexit from the public. We have never accepted the argument that releasing these studies could weaken the UK’s negotiating position. Several other EU member states and the Commission have already released comparable information into the public domain. This is just the government trying its hardest to keep the lid on what an economic disaster Brexit will be.”

Jo Maugham QC of the Good Law Project said:

“The Government’s desperate desire to hide the reality of Brexit from its own people will not work. Our old fashioned, home grown common law gives us the right to see these documents – not just whatever’s left after a Minister, desperate for secrecy, has gone at them with a large pair of dress-making scissors.”

Molly and Jolyon Maugham are demanding that 58 sectoral impact studies be released as well as a Treasury report comparing the predicted economic impacts of Brexit with potential benefits of alternative free trade agreements. They say the information must be made publicly available in its entirety without redaction.