Parliament Kept in the Dark About Brexit Trade Deals while the Sun Shines
International Trade Secretary Liam Fox claimed he showed MPs a list of Brexit trade deals. He never has. The Sun got it first.
Today the Parliamentary International Trade Committee has imposed
Last week a
The Sun newspaper had just leaked an explosive document from Fox’s department, in a report that also quotes an anonymous DIT Minister. Titled ‘
Why are tabloids getting more information on Brexit, faster, than our MPs?
As Byline Times previously reported, Fox has been keeping MPs in the dark for a long time on what his department is working on. MPs have also repeatedly chased for a risk matrix of
The Sun got it first. Just how evasive Fox has been over this document was revealed in the aftermath of that leak, in a surreal exchange with Tom Brake, Brexit spokesman for the Lib Dems, on February 13th.
Brake: “The Secretary of State will recall that last week I asked him to provide this matrix to the House. He wouldn’t, he asserted instead that if only I had listened to his contribution to the International Trade select Committee that all was revealed there. I went back and listened to it and NOTHING was revealed there in terms of the content of this matrix”
Brake pressed the Secretary of
“Why wouldn’t he make this information available, which of course has now been leaked to The Sun, to members of parliament?”
In his reply, Fox claimed that a number of agreements were close to completion but were subject to “a level of confidentiality”.
The Sun’s leak contributed to