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UK government to scale back use of Brexit gag orders

LONDON — Businesses and trade bodies working with the U.K. government on no-deal preparations will no longer be routinely required to sign non-disclosure agreements, known as NDAs.

The legally binding contracts have been used by the U.K. government in discussions with industry about the implications of a no-deal Brexit, but some trade bodies complained the NDAs hindered their ability to explain the impact of crashing out of the EU to their members.

The decision to scale back the use of NDAs was made by ministers at a daily operations meeting, codenamed XO, this week. The U.K. government said NDAs would still be used when strictly necessary, including to protect the interests of third parties.

“As we continue our preparations for Brexit on October 31, it makes no sense to engage processes which hinder constructive debate, transparency and exchange of information,” a U.K. government spokesperson said.

Sky News reported in April that hundreds of the orders had been made as part of the government’s no-deal planning.

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