Government will release leaked papers to MPs


The government said it would not oppose a Labour motion calling for the release of a leaked Brexit analysis which showed that the economy would be significantly worse off in every modelled scenario. The announcement paves the way for the documents to be published. Speaking of the decision to release the reports, the junior Brexit minister Robin Walker said elements would be redacted if they could affect negotiations with the EU, and only MPs would be able see the studies in a confidential reading room.

But the government came under pressure to release the documents immediately and to the public, with the cross-party Treasury committee of MPs writing to David Davis, the Brexit secretary, calling for this to happen. The climbdown came as Downing Street said Phillip Lee, a junior justice minister, had been reprimanded for tweeting that if such studies showed the economy would be harmed by certain Brexit options then a change in policy should follow.(theguardian)…[+]