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Government Must Consider Impact Of Brexit On East of England And Do So Now, Warns Labour MEP

Labour MEP Alex Mayer has called on the Government to urgently commission and publish an economic assessment of how Brexit will impact the East of England.

In a strongly worded letter to Brexit Secretary David Davis the Euro MP said: "People and businesses in every part of our country need to know that the government is making decisions on the future with them in mind.”

A recent study by the University of Birmingham revealed that Essex could take a hit of up to 12.1% of GDP following a ‘no deal' Brexit with East Anglia up to 11.9% of GDP and Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire 11.3%.

Ms Mayer said “It is frankly ridiculous that a year and a half after the referendum, the government have not made an assessment of the impact of Brexit on the East of England.

"Given what people from manufacturing, ports, universities and farming are saying, I suspect the government are afraid what such a report might say!
"But that is no excuse, people and businesses in the East of England have a right to know what government decisions will mean for their jobs, their livelihoods and their futures."
"At the end of last year confusion reigned when ministers gave contradictory statements on whether or not they had conducted a sector-by-sector assessment on the impact of leaving the EU."

The Euro MP continued: "Following the chaos and confusion of the sectoral impact assessments that weren’t, the Brexit department or, if it is incapable of doing so, the Treasury, must urgently commission and then publish analysis on the consequences for each UK region and nation."

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