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eremy Corbyn will use an ancient rule in a bid to get Theresa May to publish documents
The PM has confirmed 58 reports examining different sectors of the economy have been prepared but has resisted calls to publish them as they might undermine the UK’s negotiating position with the EU.
But Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer will try force the Government’s hand when he tables a “humble address” – an obscure rule requesting the Queen to direct Brexit Secretary David Davis to release the documents.
The vote will take place during Labour’s opposition day debate in the Commons.
This debate is about transparency and accountability
Sir Keir said: “This debate is about transparency and accountability.
”Ministers cannot keep withholding vital information from Parliament about the impact of Brexit on jobs and the economy.“
The Labour Brexit spokesman recalled Mrs May’s pledge in January to provide businesses with “as much certainty as possible” during the Brexit process.
Keir Starmer will table a ‘humble request’ in Parliament
On Monday the government published the list of 58 sectors that have been looked at, ranging from aerospace and aviation to tourism and legal services, without disclosing details.
Some Conservative MPs, as well as opposition parties, have been calling for them to be released.
But Mr Davis set out the Government’s stance in evidence to the House of Lords EU Committee on Tuesday.
He said: “There was a House of Commons vote in December of last year where we said that we are not required to release anything which undermines the negotiation or the national interest frankly, or the negotiating stance of the British government.
“That is the reasoning behind it.”
He told committee members not to get too excited about the assessments.
He said: “They are not economic models, of each sector.
“They are looking at how much depends on the EU market compared to other markets. I wouldn’t overestimate what they are.”
Brexit negotiations are set to resume on November 9 and 10 with the UK seeking to make enough progress to persuade the EU to move talks onto future issues like trade.