We cannot vote on a generation-defining issue without seeing official understanding of its impact, Plaid Cymru's Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts MP has warned.
Liz Saville Roberts MP has demanded that official impact assessments must be released alongside the legal text of Boris Johnson’s deal with the European Union.
Opposition parties forced the government to release impact assessments of a no deal exit earlier this year, as well as impact assessments conducted by Theresa May’s government in 2018. All official impact assessments have shown that leaving the EU with or without a deal would lead to a drop in GDP.
Economists’ early analysis based on the mooted Johnson deal would reduce per capita GDP by 6.4%. They also concluded that Theresa May’s deal would reduced GDP by 4.9%.
Initial analysis of the texts released by the UK and EU show the creation of a ‘border down the Irish Sea’ – meaning customs checks between ports in Wales and the island of Ireland – would have a deeply damaging effect on the economy of Wales. Holyhead is the UK’s second busiest port, with 400,000 lorries and trailers and half a million cars passing through every year with very minimal delay.
Plaid Cymru's Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts MP said:
"The Westminster Government must now release the impact assessments of their so-called deal. It is only reasonable for us to see the effects of what we will be voting on.
"This deal will define our economy, society and children’s future for generations – to vote on it blindfold without any idea of its impact would be deeply irresponsible.
"If, as has been rumoured, a border down the Irish Sea will be created the Welsh economy will take a significant hit – especially in places like Holyhead.
"Fundamentally, what the last three years has shown is that the latest manifestation of Brexit is nothing like that which was promised in the 2016 referendum. For the sake of our democracy, economy and constituents, it is only right that this deal is put back to the people, alongside the option to remain."