Posts Tagged ‘House of Commons’

Sector-by-sector Brexit impact forecasts do not exist, says David Davis

Some MPs call for Brexit secretary to be held in contempt of parliament if he is found to have held back assessment details

The UK government has produced no economic forecasts on the likely impact of Brexit on various sectors of the economy, David Davis has told a committee of MPs who have attempted to examine the studies.

The revelation prompted calls from some MPs for the Brexit secretary to be held in contempt of parliament if it were found he had held back any details of such assessments, which a vote in the Commons last month demanded he released.

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Jeremy Corbyn attacks Theresa May over Brexit talks ‘shambles’

Labour leader says DUP seems to be ‘ruling the roost’, but PM says she is confident negotiations will move on to next phase

Jeremy Corbyn has accused the government of presiding over “a shambles” in the Brexit negotiations, using a noisy prime minister’s questions in the wake of abortive talks in Brussels to charge Theresa May with having no answers on a future deal.

May – who faced regular mocking laughter from the Labour benches – insisted she was confident Brexit talks would reach the next stage on schedule, and accused Labour of being divided over what outcome it wanted to see.

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PMQs verdict: May and Corbyn’s Brexit exchange marks dispiriting low

With feeble questions and complacent answers, the arguments seemed ill-matched to the gravity of the situation

After many weeks avoiding the subject, Jeremy Corbyn’s six questions grilled Theresa May about the Brexit negotiations, which stalled on Monday when the DUP vetoed the prime minister’s proposed deal with the EU. Quoting Liam Fox, Corbyn began: “In July, the trade secretary said the Brexit negotiations would be the easiest in human history. Does the prime minister still agree?”

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MPs and peers criticise tight security around Brexit impact reports

Papers can be viewed during pre-booked slots in reading room and some say they make no assessment of Brexit’s impact

MPs and peers have attacked tight restrictions on access to Brexit analysis papers, claiming their content is little more than what has already been released into the public domain.

The Brexit secretary, David Davis, is due on Wednesday to appear before the exiting the EU select committee, to which he has handed over 850 pages of analysis after being forced to do so by a parliamentary vote.

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Under fire from both sides, David Davis retreats into his shell | John Crace

At best he had suggested the UK become a puppet state of the EU, at worst he had shown himself to be completely delusional

After the fiasco in Brussels, we had the fantasy in the Commons as David Davis set about explaining the government’s Brexit plan in response to an urgent question from Labour’s Keir Starmer. Though plan might have been putting it too kindly. The whole reason the Brexit secretary found himself in the line of fire was the apparent absence of any plan. With the clock ticking, many MPs are beginning to get visibly nervous about the government’s insistence on making it up as it goes along.

“We are in the middle of an ongoing round,” said Davis, his voice so hoarse from talking to himself – he is increasingly finding that no one else is listening to him – that “round” sounded more like “row”. Which would have had the benefit of being rather more accurate. This round/row hadn’t been concluded – who would have guessed? – but there was much common understanding. Mainly that the UK government was so confused, it was now managing to fall out with people on its own side as well as the EU’s.

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Steve Bell on the growing pressure on David Davis over Brexit reports – cartoon

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Divided Britain, where the Brexit alarm is sounded but no one wants to hear | Rafael Behr

It now seems futile to warn of the perils ahead because those with the most to lose simply distrust the messenger

There is a campaign running at the moment to inform people of the dangers of drug resistance. “Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family it risk,” shout the posters. GPs are familiar with the problem. Patients want medicine and don’t like hearing that their flu is caused by a virus. Antibiotics, which treat bacterial infection, won’t work. Misusing the pills nurtures vicious bugs that defy treatment when it is actually required.

Seeing the slogan, I find it hard not to think that Brexit will one day be recorded as case of quack political medicine on an industrial scale. The obvious diagnosis of the referendum outcome was a majority desire to leave the EU, so the response necessarily begins with a commitment to do just that. The democratic treatment of an election cannot be to ignore the result.

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