MPs may have days, not weeks, to an­a­lyse EU with­drawal deal

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Front Page - By Anna Isaac

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.

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