MPs 'walk out' in protest at 'too gloomy' Brexit report


A host of Brexit-backing MPs walked out of a private meeting of the Commons Brexit Select Panel in protest at a report they claimed was «too gloomy».

A source said Job chairman Hilary Benn had tried to «bounce» members into coinciding a 155-page report into the government’s Brexit White Newspaper.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the source had told her the research could not be allowed to stand.

The committee’s press spokesman declined to annotation on the claims.

According to the source, there had been no consultation on the committee’s make public — drawn up after a number of evidence sessions held in Parliament — to come Mr Benn put it forward to a vote.

The report, which has yet to be published, was into the Ghostly Paper which sets out the themes of the government’s goals for its negotiations with the EU.

These group:

  • Trade: The UK will withdraw from the single market and seek a new dues arrangement and a free trade agreement with the EU
  • Immigration: A new system to pilot EU migration will be introduced, and could be phased in to give businesses outmoded to prepare. The new system will be designed to help fill skills dearths and welcome «genuine» students
  • Expats: The government wants to secure an concordat with European countries «at the earliest opportunity» on the rights of EU nationals in the UK and Britons spending in Europe
  • Sovereignty: Britain will leave the jurisdiction of the European Court of Equity but seek to set up separate resolution mechanisms for things like trade controversies
  • Border: Aiming for «as seamless and frictionless a border as possible between Northern Ireland and Ireland»
  • Devolution: Consigning more powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as decision-making is recall c raised back to the UK.

The Exiting the European Union Committee was appointed by the House of Commons to scrutinise the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Exiting the European Amalgamation.

It has a 21-strong membership, made up of MPs from all parties, including Labour, the Orthodoxes — including ex-cabinet ministers Michael Gove and John Whittingdale — the Scottish Popular Party, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Democratic Unionist Blow-out.

Mr Benn — a Remain supporter during the referendum — was elected to lead the new favourite committee last October, beating Leave campaigner and fellow Grind MP Kate Hoey to the job.

The role of select committees, which interview verifies and produce reports to check the work of different areas of government, has dilated in profile in recent years.

Committees are often split along squad lines and in some cases have been known to publish «minority statements» where a faction disagree with the majority view on an issue.

It is not identified yet whether those who disagree with the proposed report will bring about their own one.

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