Please see below for today’s key Brexit news items:

  • Britain will be left worse off under all economic scenarios after Brexit, according to a leaked government analysis, with financial services, manufacturing and retailing among the industries worst hit. The document is expected to strengthen the hand of cabinet ministers pushing for a soft Brexit after March 2019, led by chancellor Philip Hammond, and the analysis was attacked by Brexiters. The leak unleashed a blame game inside the government as to who was responsible for the analysis. Downing Street refused to disclose which Whitehall ministry had initiated the document, saying it was the product of a cross-departmental exercise. (Financial Times)
  • Boris Johnson is accused of failing to organise his own Whitehall department for Brexit and sending out mixed messages about the role of the Foreign Office in the UK withdrawal negotiations, the foreign affairs select committee has said. In a report released on Tuesday, the Conservative-controlled committee also said the foreign secretary urgently needed to set out both what he meant by “global Britain”, and detail how the UK wanted to relate with the European Union on both security and foreign policy. The combined criticisms will add to the sense in both Europe, and within Westminster, that internal divisions and a perceived lack of leadership are making it hard for the UK government to articulate its future relationship with Europe. (The Guardian)
  • The government says it will not publish a leaked report document predicting an economic hit from Brexit. Brexit Minister Steve Baker said the document was at a “preliminary” stage and releasing it in full could damage the UK’s negotiations with the EU. According to BuzzFeed, the report said growth would be lower in each of three different Brexit outcomes than if the UK had stayed in the EU. Labour has called for it to be published and debated in Parliament. According to Buzzfeed, the leaked document, titled EU Exit Analysis – Cross Whitehall Briefing and drawn up for the Department for Exiting the EU, suggests almost every part of the economy would suffer. (BBC)
  • Labour MPs should oppose any Brexit deal that Theresa May puts to parliament this year in order to help trigger a general election and cause her downfall, Len McCluskey, the Unite general secretary, has said. Len McCluskey, whose union is Labour’s biggest trade union backer, said his hope was for Labour to join other MPs in rejecting the deal, which was unlikely to be in the best interests of the people. He said he did not support the idea of a second referendum at this point, but did not rule out backing one if MPs failed to reject the prime minister’s settlement, which is to be put to parliament in the autumn. (The Guardian)