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UK Government ‘deliberately hid’ Brexit plans from Wales and Scotland, leaked document shows

06 Oct 2020 2 minute read
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The UK Government “deliberately hid” their Brexit plans from the governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, according to a leaked document.

The Government document includes an order to withhold key lines from the devolved administrations related to food, a devolved area.

The UK Government’s ‘Transition period planning assumptions (central case)’ document includes orders that the information “should not be shared publicly with the devolved administrations at this stage”.

The information being concealed includes a “reasonable worst-case scenario” for food supplies. The document itself admits that food supply is a devolved area.

Plaid Cymru Westminster Leader Liz Saville-Roberts said that the leaked documents “lay bare the cynical manipulation tactics of a rogue Westminster Government scheming to keep Wales in the dark”.

“If trampling over devolution and breaking international law wasn’t enough, the UK Government is now intent on destroying any trust that remained between itself and the devolved governments,” she said.

“All pretence that this is a union of equals has been blown out of the water. It is no surprise that more people than ever are looking at Westminster’s relentless attacks on Welsh democracy and realising that we can do better ourselves.”



The SNP reacted to the document leaked to the Guido Fawkes website by saying that the UK Government had “deliberately hid crucial information about its extreme Brexit plans”.

This “included the likelihood of food shortages” and “details about the Tory power grab on the Scottish Parliament” they said.

“It demonstrates, yet again, that the Tories cannot be trusted to act in Scotland’s interests – or even tell the truth,” an SNP spokesperson said.

“We already knew they were willing to break international law, and this shows they have attempted to disguise their plans to impose an extreme Brexit against Scotland’s will.”

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