Tories can no longer bury Brexit truth

Speaking after the House of Commons tonight forced the Government to accept an amendment to the Finance Bill which means Ministers must publish assessments comparing the UK’s economic prospects between Theresa May’s deal and remaining in the EU, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said: 
 
“The public deserve no less than the full facts and figures on the cost of Brexit. The Tories have been all too keen to bury the truth, but thankfully Parliament has now forced their hand. 
 
“The Conservatives can now no longer hide from the mess they have made of Brexit. The simple reality is that no form of Brexit is better than what we have in the EU.
 
“When published, MPs from across the chamber must look at these economic assessments and ask themselves if their constituents deserve better. There is still time to escape this mess and back the Liberal Democrat campaign for a People’s Vote, including the option to remain in the EU.”
 
Notes: 
 
Please see below the successful amendment to the Finance Bill.
 
Clause 89 ,page 66 ,line 30,
at end insert—
“(1A) The Chancellor of the Exchequer must,  no later than the date provided for in subsection (1C), lay before the House of Commons a statement of the circumstances (in relation to the outcome of negotiations with the EU) that give rise to the exercise of the power.
(1B)The statement under subsection (1A) must be accompanied by—
(a)an assessment of the fiscal and economic effects of the exercise of those powers and the circumstances giving rise to them;
(b) a comparison of those fiscal and  economic effects with the effects if—
(i) a negotiated withdrawal agreement and a framework for a future relationship with the EU  had been agreed to, and
(ii) the United Kingdom had remained a member of the European
Union;
(c)a statement by the Office for Budget Responsibility on
the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the assessment under paragraph (a) and the comparison under paragraph (b).
(1C)The date provided for in this subsection is—
(a)a date which is no less than seven days before the date on which a Minister of the Crown proposes to make a motion for the purposes of section 13(1)(b) of the European Union Withdrawal Act 2018 and after the passing of this Act, or
(b)a date which is no less than seven days before the date on which a Minister of the Crown proposes to make a motion for the purposes of section 13(6)(a) of the European Union Withdrawal Act 2018 and after the passing of this Act, or 
(c)a date which is no less than seven days before the date on which a Minister of the Crown proposes to make a motion for the purposes of section 13(8)(b)(i) of the European Union Withdrawal Act 2018 and after the passing of this Act, or
(d)the date on which this Act is passed, whichever is the earliest.”

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