Rees-Mogg Warns May Over Brexit Papers
Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned the government it is in “serious constitutional waters” over its apparent decision to redact the Brexit impact papers it has been pressed into releasing. Releasing the papers has been a key demand of Labour over the last few weeks, however, Mr Rees-Mogg pointed out that this issue is “above Party politics”.
The government has for several months been fighting a rearguard action over the papers which cover the impact of Brexit on 58 areas of the economy. David Davis initially refused to publish the papers on the grounds that their publication would damage Britain’s negotiating position, however, after subsequently losing a vote on a Labour motion in the House Of Commons, his hand has been forced.
Mr Davis suggested the reason for the documents being edited was that some information may be ‘commercially sensitive’ and that he had “received no assurances from the [Brexit] committee regarding how any information passed will be used”. However, MPs became angry after it was apparent that instead of publishing all the information it had been condensed down into a single 850-page document with potentially sensitive information erased.
Mr Rees-Mogg said:
“This is nothing to do with Brexit or party politics.
“It is to do with the rights of the House of Commons. We will all be in opposition one day and it is important to remember that.
“If you try to trample the rights of Commons in government, then when in opposition you have no means of curtailing abuses of power.”