Gov’t loses vote on Brexit impact assessments

The Government has lost an opposition vote calling on it to publish impact assessments of Brexit on over 50 key industries.

There was no official division – as only Labour MPs backed it and no Tory MPs objected.

Speaker John Bercow said he "expects" the Government to respect the decision – despite confusion over whether the result is binding.

Opposition day debate motions are traditionally non-binding, but Labour had tabled a special 'Humble Address' motion.

It is a centuries-old and infrequently used procedure that asks The Queen directly to request documents from the Government.

Mr Bercow had advised earlier: "Motions of this kind have in the past been seen as effective or binding."

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