UK Govt Backtracks on Brexit Analysis Papers Following SNP Pressure

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Sunday February 11 2018

The Tory Government finally allows MSP's more time to scrutinise the papers.

The SNP has won the battle to give MSPs more time to scrutinise the Brexit impact analysis papers after the UK government backtracked on its decision to only give MSPs a very limited window to view the report.

The UK government had been accused of treating Holyrood with contempt over the Brexit analysis papers, which have been available for MPs to view after being leaked, and show that Brexit could hit Scotland’s economic prospects by 9%.

MSPs had been told at 1pm on Thursday that they could view the report by appointment – but only until 5pm, at a UK government building 35 minutes’ walk from the Scottish Parliament.

A second session was arranged for Friday, when most MSPs had already returned to their constituencies.

SNP pressure has now forced the UK government to commit to further opportunities to view and scrutinise the papers between the 19th and 23rd of February at the Scottish Parliament.

SNP MSP Group Convener Bruce Crawford (pictured), who wrote to David Davis expressing his concerns on behalf of the SNP on Thursday afternoon and suggested use of the Scottish Parliament for further viewing sessions, said:

“It is welcome news that MSPs will have a further opportunity to scrutinise this vital Brexit impact paper after sustained pressure from the SNP.

“This report details the severe damage that Brexit risks causing the Scottish economy – with a potential 9% hit to our GDP – and it is only right that those elected to Scotland’s parliament have a proper opportunity to view the report.

“A last-minute invite to view the analysis that they denied existed, at the other side of town, while parliament was sitting, was simply not good enough.

“Remaining in the single market and the customs union is essential for the economy, jobs and living standards – something even the Tories can no longer deny and they must now release this evidence in full for everyone to see.”



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