The Government have reportedly scrapped plans to publish a series of advice notes on preparations for a ‘no deal’ Brexit because they are concerned they would cause public panic and increase support for a People’s Vote on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
Ministers are instead said to be considering publishing everything in late August – the quietest news period of the year – in the hope of attracting minimal attention.
Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
"The Government are making plans to respond to the catastrophe of a 'no deal' Brexit but are now, apparently, going to refuse to properly inform us what those plans are.
“That is despite the fact that everything they are doing - from their red lines and their appeasement of Jacob Rees-Mogg, to their Chequers car crash proposals - makes a 'no deal' more likely.
“The Government cannot get its plans for Brexit through Parliament, it cannot convince the rest of Europe that it has a workable and practical proposal for Brexit and now it won't dare face proper public scrutiny over the truth of what a 'no deal' will mean for food, medicine, transport and people’s jobs.
“That is why more and more people are demanding a People's Vote on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations."