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'More Than Half Brits Want To Know Brexit Impact'

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

 

Union calls on Government to publish plans as Brexit Secretary admits no economic impact assessment made of Britain leaving the EU without a deal

A new poll published by GMB union today reveals more than half of British adults (55%) want the Government to publish its research on the impact Brexit could have on the economy.

The poll, undertaken by Survation and commissioned by GMB, reveals public concern over the Government’s Brexit readiness - with Prime Minister Theresa May widely expected to trigger Article 50 on leaving the European Union this month [1].

It follows remarks today by from Brexit Secretary David Davis admitting that there had been no economic impact assessment of the consequences of leaving the EU without an agreed deal and reverting to W.T.O. rules.

GMB is calling for the Government to publish its existing impact assessments on its preferred outcome of leaving the EU Single Market and Customs Union.

Survation’s polling reveals 55% of adults agree “the government should now publish its assessments on what it thinks could happen to different industries and parts of the UK economy” - after the Prime Minister outlined her intention for the UK to leave the European single market and Customs Union, in addition to leaving the European Union. Just 23% say they should not and 22% don't know.

Supporters of all the major political parties want the government to public impact assessments:

· Conservative: 46% want them published, 35% don't
· UKIP: 47% want them published, 34% don't
· Labour: 66% want them published, 15% don't
· Liberal Democrats: 77% want them published, 16% don't

GMB called on the Government to immediately publish its existing Brexit-related impact assessments to allow industry, unions and the public to plan ahead.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said:

"Unions and industry know the journey to Brexit won't be straight forward but before we all jump in the car we need more information about the actual route the government wants to take us on.

“We don't even know if the Government's Brexitmobile has enough fuel in it’s tank - let alone whether it’s roadworthy, has up to date insurance or has passed its economic MOT.

“Deal or no deal, if ministers are so confident in its plans it should publish them all and share them with the public who want to know what's around the corner."

ENDS

GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

[1] Survation surveyed 1,019 people online on 2-3 March 2017. Data were weighted to the profile of all UK adults aged 18+. Survation are a member of the British Polling Council and abide by their rules (see attached – question 10 - https://www.dropbox.com/s/efep6kuihkiyt6v/GMB%20Survation%20Poll.pdf?dl=0 )

Survation asked:

The Prime Minister has outlined her intention for the UK to leave the European single market and Customs Union in addition to leaving the European Union. Following this, which of the following statements is closest to your view?

Base: All Respondents


· The government should now publish its assessments on what it thinks could happen to different industries and parts of the UK economy - 54.8%

· The government should not publish its assessments on what it thinks could happen to different industries and parts of the UK economy - 23.2%

· Don’t know – 22%

 

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