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Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (1 Feb 2018)

Keir Starmer: There have been lots of questions this week about the leaked EU exit analysis Whitehall briefings, but this is the first chance I have had to ask the Secretary of State about it directly, so I will choose my words carefully. Can the Secretary of State confirm when he first knew that economic modelling work on Brexit scenarios was being undertaken across Whitehall?

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (1 Feb 2018)

Keir Starmer: I think it follows that in December the Secretary of State knew that this modelling was going on. Can he confirm when he was first talked through the economic modelling of the Brexit scenarios by his Department—not when he told others, but when he was talked through it?

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Keir Starmer: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The Government not having voted against that motion, it is—as I understand it—carried, which is a victory for transparency and accountability. Can I seek your guidance that this motion is, as the previous motion was, considered to be binding on the Government? Further, may I ask your guidance on what you might consider to be a reasonable period of...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Keir Starmer: rose—

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Keir Starmer: I assure the House that I and many of my colleagues have been to see the documents and discussed what I thought was not in them.

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Keir Starmer: I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that the EU exit analysis which was referred to in his response to an Urgent Question in the House on 30 January by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union be provided to the Exiting the European Union Committee and made available to all...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Keir Starmer: Before I was in this place, I held the post of Director of Public Prosecutions. We took leaks from our department or any other civil service department very seriously. I can only assume that an inquiry is in place in relation to this leak, and in the circumstances we should say nothing more about it.

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Keir Starmer: My hon. Friend demonstrates that hon. Members have been trying on behalf of their constituencies and regions to get a proper analysis of the impact of Brexit on the individuals, businesses and communities they represent. That is why it is so important to have that information. It will mean that we can have an informed debate and hold the Government properly to account.

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Keir Starmer: I agree. It is significant that the original documents that were requested last year were initially refused on freedom of information grounds, only then to be made available in the form I described, and then to be put in the public domain in any event, which demonstrates the point that many Governments—this Government are doing the same—put their arms around information that ought...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Keir Starmer: I will give way one more time and then make progress.

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Keir Starmer: We will look at information when it is put into the public domain. We have been looking at analysis and data for months, and have been visiting businesses and communities for months, to inform our position.

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Keir Starmer: I have taken a number of interventions and will make progress. I will allow interventions later, otherwise I will not get very far. Yesterday, standing at the Dispatch Box, I asked the Government to release the documents referred to in the leak. As I have said, the Government said no. The Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, the hon. Member for Wycombe (Mr Baker), who is...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Keir Starmer: I will complete this point and then give way. There is a serious point. Is it seriously Government policy that impact assessments are so inherently unreliable that it is better to proceed without them? That is the logic of the position described yesterday. Is it not better to adopt the approach tweeted last night by the Under-Secretary of State for Justice, the hon. Member for Bracknell (Dr...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Keir Starmer: Before I give way, I will make one further point about the line of defence of rubbishing the analysis. It is deeply discourteous and disrespectful to the civil servants who have worked on those papers and are presumably continuing to work on them, often in difficult circumstances. In my experience, having been a civil servant, and having had civil servants as staff, they do a very good job...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Keir Starmer: I will give way to my hon. Friend the Member for Wirral South (Alison McGovern) and then to the hon. Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford).

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Keir Starmer: I do agree, and that is a very important point. Essentially, the OBR is saying that it cannot do its job because it does not have the information to do it. That is why it is far better to proceed on the basis of assessments of risk and impact and allow the OBR to do its job.

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Keir Starmer: I will give way in one minute, but may I just finish this point? Having been a civil servant for five years and having engaged in risk assessments, I can say that the purpose of the exercise is to identify the risk, the size of the risk, and the likelihood of the risk. The fourth column, which is always the really important one, is what the Government will do to mitigate the risk. That is why...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Keir Starmer: I am grateful for that intervention. The hon. Lady will remember that one question I asked of the Minister yesterday was whether the model that the Government are pursuing has also been subjected to an impact assessment. I did not actually get any of the questions that I asked—I asked about six—answered or even addressed by the Minister yesterday. I hope that some of them might be...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Keir Starmer: I am grateful for that intervention. I will answer it, and make a second point as I do so. This is a really important point. The second line of defence that was used and deployed yesterday for not releasing these documents was that they are not complete, they are at an early stage, and they are just evolving. As I recall it, that was exactly what was said about the first set of documents that...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Keir Starmer: I promised that I would give way, and I will.


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