Keeping Brexit secrets
The UK government has been busy asking British logistics firms to ink secretive non-disclosure agreements over the impact of Brexit plans on the country’s borders. The NDAs stipulate that the companies cannot make public statements regarding any talks they might have had with officials over how leaving the EU might affect trade.
According to reports, following recent meeting meetings with industry groups to determine how borders might be impacted by Brexit, participants have been prevented from sharing their trade data as well as and information relating to the government Brexit scenarios they were required to model.
MP Meg Hillier, chair of the Public Accounts Committee said the NDAs were a sign of paranoia.
"I'm pretty staggered by that because I don't see why the government shouldn't be revealing what it knows about Brexit but also why would it want to shackle organisations that might want to criticise or comment on Brexit by asking them to sign NDAs?" she told Sky News.
A recent report from the Institute for Government found that the government is leaning on outmoded technological solutions to help it manage its borders after Brexit. An exit from the EU will need a system capable of processing an estimated 200m additional declarations annually, not something the IT in place right now can manage, the study said.