Government continues to take Brexit decisions without any economic assessment on Yorkshire
09 January 2018
There’s been a lot of talk about the lack of Brexit impact studies on economic sectors in the UK. But equally worrying for me is the total absence of any regional impact studies. A recent study by Birmingham University has shown that Yorkshire’s economy could be hit badly by a no deal Brexit: 11.8% of South Yorkshire’s GDP could be impacted, 15.8% of East Riding and North Lincs, 13.4% for North Yorkshire and 12% for West Yorkshire. That is why Labour MEPs have written to David Davis calling for detailed regional Brexit impact assessments to be both carried out and made public. We could then judge whether leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union - the government’s policy - is the best option or whether we should, as Labour proposes, keep options on the table and prioritise jobs, rights at work and standard of living. You can read our letter here.
18 months after the referendum and 10 months since the triggering of Article 50, its shocking that the government has not put costed options before Parliament and the public.