Commenting on the lack of assessments of the economic and regulatory impact of Boris Johnson’s proposed Brexit, Alison McGovern MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“The Chancellor of the Exchequer has refused to give Parliament any economic assessment of Boris Johnson’s Brexit and the Government’s own regulatory policy committee say they are unable to give any verdict on the regulatory impact of this Brexit proposal because of a lack of time to make a proper appraisal.
“Passing any law to meet an artificial and self-imposed deadline could lock-in problems for years to come.
“Only yesterday the Brexit Secretary was forced to correct himself after he first claimed businesses in Northern Ireland would not have to fill in customs forms and then had to admit they would. But we still don’t know what that will cost and who knows how many other nasties there are hidden in the small print of this legislation or the tangled web of contradictory promises the Prime Minister has made.
“If we just agree to railroad this legislation through, we won’t know until it is too late. The truth is that even if Parliament passes Johnson’s Brexit law, it will not be the end of the Brexit crisis, only the end of the beginning. The country will be plunged into years of negotiation over an EU trade deal with the threat of No Deal hanging over all of us. It is much better to discuss these issues and risks now than to leap without looking.
“And once Parliament has made its decision on what the laws on Brexit should look like, the final say should be given back to the people in a People’s Vote.”