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Brexit

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 9th February 2018.

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Photo of Jo Platt Jo Platt Labour/Co-operative, Leigh

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2018 to Question 122375, what information is contained within the Market Access Assessments.

Photo of Jo Platt Jo Platt Labour/Co-operative, Leigh

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January 2018 to Question 120796, on Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit, what form the analysis takes and what the titles are of those assessments​.

Photo of Jo Platt Jo Platt Labour/Co-operative, Leigh

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2018 to Question 125241 on Brexit, how many different market access assessments his Department has made.

Photo of Jo Platt Jo Platt Labour/Co-operative, Leigh

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January 2018 to Question 120796 on Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit, what definition his Department uses for discrete market access assessments.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

In responding to Question 120796 we stated that our analysis does not exist in the form of “discrete market assessments” by which we meant that we do not hold a series of discrete market access Impact Assessments as defined by the Better Regulation Executive.

However, we have conducted a range of quantitative and qualitative analysis looking at 58 sectors of the economy, as set out in our response to the Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee report “Brexit: Trade in Goods” which can be found at: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201617/ldselect/ldeucom/129/129.pdf. As the Secretary of State set out in his Written Ministerial Statement of 7 November, this analysis is contained in a range of documents developed at different times since the referendum.

As previously stated, listing the titles of all the documents that comprise market access analysis would likely impact the UK’s negotiating position by implying broader priorities of Government work. Furthermore, it is not standard practice to provide a running commentary on ongoing analysis, including titles and numbers of documents.

We have published 14 detailed papers on the negotiations to date and will continue to be as open as possible subject to the overwhelming national interest of preserving our negotiating position. We have also confirmed that when we bring forward the vote on the final deal, we will ensure that the House of Commons is presented with the appropriate analysis the Government has done to make an informed decision.

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