Parliament publishes Brexit impact analyses for 39 industry sectors.

London

The UK Parliament has been tousling with a dilemma: should they publish the Brexit impact analyses in full – providing vital information for leaders in industry and commerce as part of their Brexit planning; or publish redacted versions that might (or might not) keep the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU’s powder dry for the forthcoming trade negotiations.

Redaction won – and a grateful David Davis earlier this week wrote to the Chair of the Parliamentary Committee for Exiting the EU, Hilary Benn:

“there is no specific material in the sections of the documents that the Committee has indicated it intends to publish that I would wish not to be made public on the grounds that it was commercially, market or negotiation sensitive.” [1].

The Committee has, accordingly, now published 39 industry “sector” analyses. [2].  Together they address the overwhelming majority of trade, commerce, industry, transport, and finance.

The published versions provide: background descriptive and statistical information about the sector in question - including status of present trade with the EU; together with analysis of the legal and regulatory requirements that apply to the sector.


 

[1] Each of the 39 concludes with a statement of the sector views regarding detailed future impact analyses: ‘This information was provided by the Government to the Committee, but the Committee has decided not to publish this section."

[2] The 39 analyses by sector are: Aerospace; Agriculture, animal health, and food and drink (including catering); Asset Management;; Automotive; Aviation; Broadcasting; Chemicals; Construction and related engineering; Consumer goods, including textiles and clothing; Creative industries; Defence; Electricity market, including renewables; Electronics and machinery; Environmental services; Fintech; Fisheries; Gambling; Gas Market; Higher Education; Insurance and pensions; Life Sciences; Maritime/ports including marine equipment; Medical services and social care; Nuclear; Oil and fossil fuel production, including Gas; Payment services and systems; Post; Professional & Business Services; Rail including manufacturing; Real estate; Retail; Retail and corporate banking; Road Haulage and Passenger Transport; Space; Steel and other commodities/metals; Technology (ICT) (Digital); Telecommunications; Tourism; and Wholesale markets and market infrastructure.

John ShuttleworthComment