MINISTERS face a fresh Brexit legal challenge after being accused of hiding secret studies that show what leaving the EU will mean for the country.
Solicitors acting for pro-EU campaigners and a Green Party MEP have threatened to take the Government to court unless the Brexit department and the Treasury publish the documents within a fortnight.
The Treasury document compares the “predicted economic detriment of Brexit with the predicted economic benefits of alternative free trade agreements”.
The Brexit department papers cover 85 per cent of the economy — only sectors that are not affected by international trade have been excluded from the assessment.
Jo Maugham QC, who has launched the legal challenge along with Green Party MEP Molly Scott Cato, said they had a “clear and compelling public interest” to force the Government to publish the secret studies.
He said: “It is not right that they be hidden from public view. We must be able to see what Brexit means.”
And Ms Scott Cato fumed: “It has been clear for some time that the attempt to keep the Brexit impact studies secret is more to cover the government’s blushes than to enable efficient law-making. The rule of law requires that MPs know what Brexit really means before they formally vote on whether we withdraw.”
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