Michael Russell asks UK Government to share analysis with public.
Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe Michael Russell has written to the UK Government asking for the sectoral analysis reports to be published online and for the full breadth of analysis to be shared with the devolved administrations.
The full text of Mr Russell’s letter to the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU is below.
We received yesterday the copies of the sectoral reports which you committed to sharing
with the UK Parliament earlier this month and are in the process of assessing this material.
Whilst we welcome the sharing of information we have concerns about both the manner in
which these reports have come to us, and their content.
The First Minister and I have both been clear that the UK Government’s analysis of the
impact of Brexit on sectors or the economy as a whole should be made public. It is essential
that people across the UK fully understand the consequences of decisions being taken about
their future. It is disappointing that the UK Government has persisted in keeping this
information from being publicly available and have shared with us only on the basis that we
do not release it into the public domain. I urge you to reconsider this approach, be up front
with people and publish these reports immediately.
Aside from the matter of publication, it is clear is that these reports do not contain any actual
impact analysis. They seem to be a collation of sectoral information, and as useful as that is
it fails to address the key need; to understand what assessment the UK Government has
made of the likely impact of its approach of leaving the Single Market and Customs Union
and what mitigating measures if any are being put in place to manage negative impacts.
I am therefore requesting that you share the full breadth of the analysis that the UK
Government has undertaken with the devolved administrations as a matter of urgency.
I am copying this letter to Damian Green, First Secretary of State; Mark Drakeford, Cabinet
Secretary for Finance and Local Government; and, David Sterling as the head of the
Northern Ireland Civil Service.