The chair of the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR), the independent advisers to the Treasury, has this afternoon told the Commons Treasury Committee he does not expect any Brexit deal announced by the Government will contain any significant detail about the UK’s future relationship with the EU.
Chote was asked by committee chair Nicky Morgan MP: How much additional information do you expect to know about the end state trade relationship? Exactly what the new migration regime is going to look like? What are the set of consequential expenditure decisions that would accompany whatever agreements are reached on what we would like to contribute to or not?
He replied: Seeing only what I read in the newspapers, my guess is that we may not be much the wiser after a withdrawal agreement and associated political declaration.
The exchange came on the same afternoon Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said he expected a Brexit deal to be done by 21 November.
Commenting, Jo Stevens MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Even the chair of the OBR, the Government’s official economic advisors, has to admit that he is completely in the dark about where the Government is taking us on Brexit.
“We are being shoved, blindfolded, into a post-Brexit world where all we can be certain about is that we will face years of uncertainty and continued negotiation, that investment will be deterred, and jobs put at risk for a long time to come.
“The promises that were made in the 2016 referendum campaign are never going to be delivered on.
“Nobody voted for any of this and that is why millions now back a People’s Vote as the way out of the mess that has been so incompetently cooked up by Brexit elite.”