DOWNING Street has urged Nicola Sturgeon to resist fully publishing Whitehall’s top secret analysis – which suggested Britain’s economy would slump after Brexit – warning it would jeopardise the UK’s “national interest” in the Brussels talks.
Michael Russell, the Scottish Government’s Brexit Minister, has written to David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, making clear that the First Minister believes the public has a right to know the full impact of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU on jobs and living standards.
“This is not our analysis and we do not see it as our responsibility to make arrangements on confidential handling. I want to be clear that if you send the analysis to us, we will make it public,” declared Mr Russell.
The UK Government has indicated that, together with MPs, the devolved administrations will receive the full draft analysis on a “confidential basis”.