All civil service Brexit assessment papers should be released - Anderson
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has reiterated her call on the civil service to release its assessments on the impact of Brexit after receiving papers outlining the disastrous consequences of Brexit for key sectors here.
Martina Anderson said:
"There is no doubt that Brexit will have a catastrophic impact on all aspects of our society in the north.
"To date, it has been difficult to quantify the extent of that impact because of the refusal of the civil service in the north to release its assessments on the impact of Brexit.
"I have met the interim head of the civil service and directly challenged him to release all assessments publicly so people can see the full extent of the outworking of Brexit.
"Despite initial civil service claims that it had no assessments, we have now received more than 30 papers on the impact of Brexit which it had shared with the British government.
"This information had to be dragged out of the civil service and it is clear that it had no intention of publishing these important assessments on key issues on the border, market access, the customs union and single market and the availability of labour for key sectors such as health, agri-food and manufacturing post-Brexit.
"It paints a bleak picture and shows that Brexit will have a hugely detrimental impact of these key sectors, jeopardising future growth and potentially creating a real crisis in our health service.
"If the civil service had this information, it begs the question of what other information on Brexit it has and is not releasing. I am reiterating my call for all assessments on the impact of Brexit held by the civil service to be made public immediately so the public are fully aware of it.
"Sinn Féin put forward a case for special status containing seven elements, all of which have now been met through European resolutions, guidelines and the backstop. We can stay in the EU and avoid the dire consequences predicted in these assessments and everyone now needs to work to secure that."