In response to a freedom of Information request, the Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) has released a list of the 58 sectors for which it has written impact assessments relating to Brexit, and while there are impact assessments looking at the impact of Brexit on Museums, galleries and libraries, and on Tourism, there is no impact assessment listed for the sector as a whole or for those parts of the sector not included in other assessments.
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A Written Ministerial Statement made by Mr David Davis (Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union) published on the 7 November 2017 stated that: The sectoral analysis is a wide mix of qualitative and quantitative analysis, contained in a range of documents developed at different times since the referendum. It examines the nature of activity in the sectors, how trade is conducted with the EU currently in these sectors and, in many cases, considers the alternatives following the UK’s exit from the EU as well as considering existing precedents. The analysis ranges from the very high level overarching analysis to sometimes much more granular level analysis of certain product lines in specific sectors.
The statement also stated that the analyses would be published within ‘no more than three weeks’ from the 7 November 2017. The Government published a list of these sectors on 31 October 2017 (but not the assessments themselves) as part of their response to a report by the Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee (Brexit: trade in goods). The Government has repeatedly stated (including in the response to a Freedom of Information request) that they haven’t published the reports because ‘the release of this information could be detrimental to the Government’s [Brexit] negotiating position’. The table shows these sectors, their current contribution to the UK economy and the number of people they employ.
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