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5 Times David Davis Highlighted In-Depth Brexit Reports That He Now Says Don't Exist

Curious stuff.

06/12/2017 22:40 GMT | Updated 06/12/2017 22:52 GMT

David Davis has revealed the government has not assessed the impact of Brexit on different key sectors of the British economy - despite repeated suggestions by the Brexit Secretary lots of work was being done.

It was an incredible moment of political theatre at the Brexit select committee hearing ...

Tory and DUP MPs have spared Davis’ blushes by blocking claims he did not honour instructions to hand over the work the Government had carried out on the impact of Brexit - but he still faces claims he misled Parliament.

Here are five times Davis highlighted similar-sounding studies:

  • 1 'We currently have in place an assessment of 51 sectors of the economy'
    Hansard
    - October 2016

    "We currently have in place an assessment of 51 sectors of the economy. We are looking at those one by one, but the aim at the end is that this will inform the negotiating approach so that no one gets hurt."
  • 2 'We are in the midst of carrying out about 57 sets of analyses'
    - December 2016

    "We are in the midst of carrying out about 57 sets of analyses, each of which has implications for individual parts of 85% of the economy… everything except sectors that are not affected by international trade."
  • 3 'We continue to analyse the impact of our exit across the breadth of the UK economy'
    - February 2017

    'We continue to analyse the impact of our exit across the breadth of the UK economy, covering more than 50 sectors - I think it was 58 at the last count - to shape our negotiating position.'
  • 4 'We’ve got 50, nearly 60 sectoral analyses already done'
    June 2017

    "That data's being gathered, we've got 50, nearly 60 sector analyses already done, we've got planning work going on in the customs, we've got planning work going on 22 other issues which are critical, 127 all told."
  • 5 'They're in excruciating detail'
    - October 2017