The government has published its long-awaited Brexit sectoral analyses and no one is impressed

 
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Last month David Davis said there had been a "misunderstanding" about the papers. (Source: Getty)

After much to-ing and fro-ing, MPs on the Brexit committee have finally published long-awaited analyses of the sectors expected to be affected by Brexit - and no one is impressed.

The 39 analyses published today cover sectors from aerospace and agriculture to the gas market and professional and business services.

There were fewer than expected - ministers had originally mooted 58 reports. But perhaps the most surprising oversight was the fact they included very little analysis of the impact of Brexit on the sectors concerned.

Instead, the reports listed how the sectors affect the UK's economy, and their interactions with the European Union.

Yesterday Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson complained that the analyses "withheld" impact assessments.

Meanwhile, Twitter users were scathing

Will they? Won't they?

The publication of the papers themselves was a surprising event, after Brexit secretary David Davis insisted last month they did not exist.

Although Davis had said in October that the studies existed, in early November he backtracked, telling the Brexit select committee that there had been "some misunderstanding", and adding: "It is not the case that [the papers] exist".

Instead, he said the analysis was a "a wide mix of qualitative and quantitative analysis, contained in a range of documents developed at different times since the referendum".

"It is not, nor has it ever been, a series of discrete impact assessments examining the quantitative impact of Brexit on those sectors."

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