Brexit assessment '˜is vital for North East'

The two Labour MEPs for the North East have expressed their shock at the perceived lack of impact assessments for Brexit by the Government.

Wednesday, 13th December 2017, 11:46 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th December 2017, 11:48 am
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Jude Kirton-Darling and Paul Brannen also renewed their call for the UK to retain its membership of the Single Market and Customs Union in the wake of last week’s criticism of Brexit Minister David Davis’ admission that, despite previous statements, there has only been a ‘sectoral analysis’ of some industries.

Ms Kirton-Darling MEP said: “There is an enormous amount at stake, but the Government is toying around with the future prosperity of our region.

“Is unemployment in the North East going to rise at unprecedented levels after Brexit? Which sector will be the hardest hit? How will our universities continue to carry out globally-acclaimed research? We need all of this information so we can prepare and after 18 months of empty promises the Government is still empty-handed.”

Paul Brannen MEP added: “The North East is the poorest English region and independent studies have already shown that we are set to lose out economically in the aftermath of Brexit, to the tune of an estimated £8billion.”