Government refuses to publish economic benefits estimate of latest Brexit trade deal

Department for International Trade says releasing an estimate isn’t appropriate

Jon Stone
Policy Correspondent
Wednesday 28 December 2022 07:25 GMT
Related: Jeremy Hunt rejects OBR forecast for 4% GDP loss from Brexit

The government has refused to publish an estimate of the economic benefits of its latest planned Brexit trade deal.

Ministers had faced mockery over the small benefits to the economy expected from previous free trade agreements – with most giving tiny boosts to GDP.

But the Department for International Trade (DIT) has now decided not to publish a figure for an enhanced agreement with Israel, arguing that it “isn’t appropriate”.

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