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UK court refuses to compel release of Brexit analysis

[JURIST] The UK's High Court of Justice [official website] on Tuesday declined a request [judgment] to force publication of Brexit economic impact studies.

Following the referendum to leave the EU, British ministries compiled data and analyzed Brexit's impact on 58 sectors of the economy. Some of the documents related to these studies were leaked [BuzzFeed report] in January. They show, overall, an economic outlook that is much bleaker than what "Leave" campaigners and the current Conservative government have been promising.

Green Party European parliamentarian Molly Scott Cato [official profile] and the Good Law Project [advocacy website] brought suit to have all the documents released. Their central claim was that the public and their representatives cannot function democratically unless the information is made available. The government countered that the data remains available through freedom of information act requests and that releasing everything would undermine Britain's negotiating position with the EU as they iron out the terms of the divorce. The court declined to offer full review of the case with Justice Supperstone ruling there was "a suitable alternative remedy in this case."

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