Downing Street warns Scottish Government over threat to publish leaked Brexit analysis
Brexit minister Mike Russell has said the Scottish Government will make the UK’s Brexit analysis public
Mike Russell - Image credit: David Anderson/Holyrood
Downing Street has issued a warning to the Scottish Government over its threat to publish the leaked Brexit impact papers.
Scotland’s Brexit minister, Mike Russell, has written to David Davis insisting the public "have a right to know" what effect Britain quitting the EU could have on their lives.
The UK Government analysis, which was leaked this week to Buzzfeed, suggests that the UK economy will suffer in any possible Brexit scenario.
In his letter to Davis, Russell said: "As you are aware the Scottish government considers that the public have a right to know the impact on jobs and living standards of the UK government’s decision to pursue the UK’s exit from the EU and therefore that this analysis should be made publicly available.”
He added: “Further, this is not our analysis and we do not see it as our responsibility to make arrangements on confidential handling.
“I want to be clear that if you send the analysis to us we will make it public."
UK ministers have agreed to publish the analysis – which they insist in incomplete and does not examine the impact of the bespoke Brexit deal they want to strike with Brussels – but they will not make it public and have insisted that MPs can only view them in strictly controlled conditions.
Asked how they would respond to the Scottish Government making the analysis public, a Number 10 spokesman said: "We expect those who have access to the published analysis, as it's in the overwhelming national interest, not to publish anything that would risk our negotiating position."
The move comes just days after the UK Government was criticised following reports that officials had been told to shelve no-deal planning
With up to 10,000 EU citizens employed in food and drink sector, the Scottish Government has launched support services to help EU citizens remain in Scotland after Brexit
Theresa May is heading to Berlin and Paris for talks with Merkel and Macron ahead of Wednesday's emergency European Council summit
Solicitor general Robert Buckland spoke out as negotiations between the UK Government and opposition are expected to continue