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This Site said David Davis would be in very deep trouble if he could not explain his behaviour. He has – and remains in deep trouble. But he thinks he is above reproach, like so many of his entitled, privileged Tory friends. And the above is his probable response to anyone who demands appropriate action.

What a difference a few hours can make. Only yesterday, This Writer was mocking the Tories for setting up a ‘reading room’ for MPs to examine the Brexit ‘sectoral impact assessments’, and now we find out they don’t exist!

Mr Davis has been using these nonexistent documents as a shield against Parliamentary opponents since the summer – deliberately lying to Parliament, and the country, over a period of several months.

He cannot claim he did not know these documents did not exist.

MPs (through the Queen, for goodness’ sake!) directed the Department for Exiting the European Union to make these assessments – nearly 60 of them – available to the Commons Brexit Committee on November 1.

No wonder it took DExEU no less than 27 days to provide – not 57 or 58 impact assessments but a single, 800-plus-page document. The impact assessments don’t exist.

Then DExEU set up a ‘reading room’ in which MPs were invited to read these nonexistent papers on a strictly limited basis. The mind boggles.

Now:

The government has not carried out any impact assessments of leaving the EU on the UK economy, Brexit Secretary David Davis has told MPs.

“There’s no sort of systematic impact assessment,” Mr Davis told the Brexit committee.

Committee chairman Hilary Benn asked whether impact assessments had been carried into various parts of the economy, listing the automotive, aerospace and financial sectors.

“I think the answer’s going to be no to all of them,” Mr Davis responded.

When Mr Benn suggested this was “strange”, the minister said formal assessments were not needed to know that “regulatory hurdles” would have an impact.

“I am not a fan of economic models because they have all proven wrong,” he added.

The vilification is practically overwhelming the social media:

Mr Lammy has written an information Twitter thread on this subject, providing a timeline:

There you have it: Contempt of Parliament; lying to Parliament; and of course evidence that Brexit will seriously harm the UK economy (in the absence of evidence that it will do us any good).

Where’s Mr Davis’s resignation?

Other commentators have been more brief in their criticisms:

Yes – we need action at once:

  • David Davis must resign, and
  • There must be a motion of no confidence in the Conservative government’s handling of Brexit.

These utterly incompetent, vain and arrogant Conservatives must make way for a government that can actually do a job properly.

Ed Miliband put it best, after the failure of talks on the Northern Ireland border:


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