Brexit: Labour warns 'Government could be in contempt' over redacting economic impact documents

Brexit: Labour warns 'Government could be in contempt' over redacting documents on economic impact of EU withdrawal

Fury was provoked after David Davis provided redacted documents to the Commons Exiting the EU committee

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Labour has warned the Government could be in contempt of Parliament unless it discloses full details of its report assessing the economic impact of Brexit.

David Davis is weathering a major backlash after providing an edited version of the documents to Parliament’s Exiting the European Union.

The Brexit Secretary said his reasoning for this was because there wasn’t a guarantee the details would remain secret in a letter to the committee’s chairman, Hilary Benn.

However, Labour have accused him of failing to accommodate the terms of a vote in the House of Commons, requiring the documents be to handed to the committee.

Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, said the vote was binding on government ministers.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4, he said the Tories were treating Parliament with contempt.

Starmer said Labour would pursue the issue with John Bercow, the house Speaker, and see if the Government was in contempt of Parliament.

A spokesman defended the action, saying the Tories had “satisfied the motion” by providing the committee with information covering 58 areas of the economy.