City MP asks Government for Brexit impact assessment for area

Stephen Morgan MP has asked DEXEU Secretary, David Davis, to outline how he is helping the Solent region prepare for Brexit.

Following the Prime Minister’s Mansion House speech, Portsmouth South’s MP, Stephen Morgan, wrote to the Secretary for Exiting the European Union (EU), seeking to establish what assessment, if any, he has made of the impact of Brexit on Portsmouth and the wider region.

Mr Morgan visited the Brexit Reading Room last week to access confidential reports containing the Government’s assessment of the economic effects of various Brexit scenarios.

In his letter to the David Davis, Mr Morgan said: ‘As the Prime Minister said in her Mansion House speech, Brexit will inevitably have significant consequences for the UK’s trading position… In her words, life is going to be different, and access to markets will be less than it is now.’

People and businesses in my constituency of Portsmouth South, and across the Solent area, are understandably anxious to establish the impact of this incredibly important shift on their lives and livelihoods’ he added.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

‘The Prime Minister has finally admitted that trade and commerce will be affected by reduced access to markets under her plans for a hard Brexit. Given this serious shift in our economic position, it is only right that the Government helps Portsmouth’s businesses understand and prepare for the impact of such an exit.

On my visit to the reading room, I was concerned that I could not see any analysis focused on the Solent area specifically, so I’ve written to David Davis to request this.

As this Government seeks a drastically different relationship with the EU, people in Portsmouth and across Hampshire, whose jobs and businesses rely so heavily on trade with our European allies, need honest and accurate analysis so they can plan accordingly.

They deserve far better than the incompetence and uncertainty the Tories have delivered so far.’