Lib Dems call on Stevenage MP to support government review on no deal impact assessments in light of pandemic


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Liberal Democrats have called on Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland to back calls for a review of the no-deal Brexit impact assessments in light of the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter addressed to the MP, Liberal Democrat spokesperson Lisa Nash for the Stevenage Constituency said: "as the Prime Minister continues to refuse to rethink his position on accepting an extension to the transition period, it is time the facts were laid bare about what this will mean for our country."

The intervention coincides with the fourth anniversary of the EU referendum result this week, the 23rd of June. Despite concerns, the Government formally rejected the option to extend the transition period earlier this month.

Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

“Even before coronavirus, the Government had a tight timetable for the Brexit talks. As the Prime Minister continues to oppose extending the transition period, he must at least be honest about what this means for our country.

"By reviewing the impact assessments done last autumn, as well as undertaking an economic assessment, the Government can be transparent with the public about the consequence of refusing to extend the transition period."

Liberal Democrat spokesperson Lisa Nash for the Stevenage Constituency added:

"Boris Johnson's refusal to even consider requesting an extension to the Brexit transition as we face a global health and economic crisis shows he is putting his Brexit ideology before the UK's national interest.

"The pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on jobs, businesses and the wider UK economy. Tackling the coronavirus crisis must be the Conservative Government’s priority, and people have a right to know to what extent a no deal puts this at risk.

"In the interests of everyone living across Stevenage, Knebworth, Codicote, Datchworth and Aston the Liberal Democrats are urging Stephen McPartland to join us in calling for this review."

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