Lord Jay of Ewelme, the acting chairman of the House of Lords EU committee said the papers posed no risk to the UK’s negotiating position. The Commons Exiting the European Union Committee published 39 of the Government’s reports on different economic sectors, but redacted the industries’ views on Brexit. Committee chairman Hilary Benn said the documents were partially redacted after he clarified with the Brexit Secretary what material should not be published because short essay on brexit is commercially, market, or negotiation-sensitive. Most of this could be found on Wikipedia or with a quick Google search.
David Davis clearly misled the House and then set his civil servants the unenviable task of coming up with these documents in a couple of weeks. They look like copy and paste essay crises. Mr Davis handed over the documents after the Commons passed a Labour motion calling on him to publish 58 sectoral studies. But he faced accusations of misleading Parliament after admitting no impact assessments of Brexit had been made. In the end, all that was handed over was two lever-arch files containing 850 pages of what Mr Davis termed sectoral analyses.
Each document published by the committee on Thursday contains an overview of the sector in the UK, the current EU rules it must comply with, and existing frameworks for how trade is facilitated between countries. Let me clarify exactly what this sectoral analysis is. It is a wide mix of qualitative and quantitative analysis, contained in a range of documents developed at different times since the referendum. It examines the nature of activity in the sectors, how trade is conducted with the EU currently in these sectors and, in many cases, considers the alternatives after we leave as well as looking at existing precedents. This analysis ranges from the very high level overarching analysis to sometimes much more granular level analysis of certain product lines in specific sectors. But it is not, nor has it ever been, a series of discrete impact assessments examining the quantitative impact of Brexit on these sectors.