David Davis has LIED REPEATEDLY to Parliament about Brexit impact assessments. He must resign now

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.


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:

Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.

1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the left margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.

2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical

3) Like the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VoxPolitical/

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at http://voxpoliticalonline.com

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.

The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:


8 thoughts on “David Davis has LIED REPEATEDLY to Parliament about Brexit impact assessments. He must resign now

  1. Barry Davies

    The thing about assessments is that they seldom prove to be correct, just like the assessments of project fear were completely wrong, this is just remainers clutching at straws.

      1. NMac

        Not clutching at straws, but proving the sheer dishonesty and corruption of Davis & co, something which is extremely important.

    1. bill

      The fears of the Remain Campaign were not completely wrong, they were just delayed by the spike in exports caused by the 18% devaluation of our currency, stop sounding smug and face the consequences of your actions.

  2. casalealex

    I am confused have there been Brexit impact assessments or not?


    Brexit impact on food prices and food standards
    06 December 2017
    The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee hears from consumers, retailers and processors for its inquiry on Brexit: trade in food inquiry. This session focuses on the impact of Brexit on food prices and food standards, and the challenges and opportunities for retailers and processors.

Comments are closed.