MPs may have days, not weeks, to analyse EU withdrawal deal
MPs could be blocked from scrutinising the economic fallout of the Brexit divorce ahead of a crucial vote on the issue.
Nicky Morgan, chairman of the Treasury select committee, said that there needed to be at least two weeks between the production of government analysis of the deal and the final vote to allow for proper scrutiny to be carried out.
Ms Morgan told The Daily Telegraph: “[MPs need] a fortnight so we can take evidence from a range of leading economists, the Chancellor and the Bank of England.”
However, Mel Stride, financial secretary to the Treasury, told Parliament that the analysis may be provided just days before the so-called meaningful vote on the withdrawal agreement.
Mr Stride said: “During the days of the run up to the meaningful vote all members of the house will have the opportunity to properly study that analysis.”
Members of the select committee also raised concerns, saying there needed to be sufficient detail and transparency of how the economic analysis was created.
Charlie Elphicke, a committee member, said that the public and parliament needed to see the “assumptions on all aspects of the economy” that would be used to analyse any exit deal.