More than two years after the United Kingdom severed its ties with the European Union, MPs from various formations demanded on Monday that the government conduct an independent investigation into the effects of Brexit on the British economy and society.
As a result of a popular petition that has amassed more than 150,000 signatures online, MPs today discussed in a room in the Palace of Westminster, the seat of Parliament, the need to assess the benefits and problems achieved by leaving the communal bloc.
In a written response to this request, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s government asserted that Brexit was a “democratic election” and considered its impact “not a matter for public investigation”.
SNP MP Martin Day, who acted as spokesperson in defense of the popular petition under discussion, said that “it is time for the people of this country to tell the truth about Brexit, for good? or bad”.
He added: “We deserve to know how Brexit affects trade, the economy, opportunities for young people and the rights of individuals. This can only be achieved through a public inquiry free of ideological and biased views.”
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The Scottish MP has urged the government to launch an independent assessment similar to the one it launched in 2021 to judge the public’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We need evidence, not government propaganda,” said Liberal Democrat Wera Hobhouse, and emphasized that “there are large amounts of information out there about the damage Brexit is doing to the economy.”
“The government wants to ignore the many difficulties Brexit has created and focus on what it calls the freedoms of Brexit. We will buy what is promised for what is achieved,” Hobhouse said.
Labour’s Fleur Anderson also asked the government for an analysis on leaving the EU: “No matter what we think about Brexit, whether we support it or not, whether we think it’s been good for the country or not, or that there is Brexit is probably going to happen at some point, everyone should support an analysis of what the outcome has been so far.”
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