Parliamentary oversight of negotiations

Part of Informal European Council – in the House of Commons at 5:15 pm on 6th February 2017.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Conservative, Forest of Dean 5:15 pm, 6th February 2017

One of the flaws in the hon. Gentleman’s suggestion is that all the matters to which he refers are forecasts, estimates or guesses. A number of estimates and forecasts were made by both sides of the argument—leave and remain—before the referendum. I am not an expert on these matters, but it seems that not all of those forecasts and assessments have panned out exactly as people thought they would, so I really do not know why producing large documents full of equally erroneous forecasts would be helpful.