A leaked document has revealed secret government studies into the impact of a hard Brexit, with the Department of Health finding the NHS could be hit by a shortage of more than 40,000 nurses by 2026.
Union GMB has appealed to the government to release the data, asking “what else has Theresa May got to hide?” after a whistleblower revealed the findings.
There are thought to be dozens of impact assessments already carried out by the Government into its chosen course of leaving not just the EU, but the single market and customs union.
Not one has been published.
A recent opinion poll by GMB revealed a majority (55 per cent) want their Government to publish its impact assessments on what it thinks could happen to different industries and parts of the UK economy through its Brexit plans.
Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said: “Brexit isn’t a game – people’s livelihoods and futures are at stake.
“The Prime Minister seems to be intentionally keeping people in the dark in her quest to leave the single market and customs union.
“The Government must publish their secret impact assessments as soon as possible so people know what’s in store and what the government is putting at risk.
“Public services, unions and government need to plan for the future, we can’t do that when the government is hiding so much information from everyone.
“People are going to start to ask what the Prime Minister has to hide – the government needs to come clean.”