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impact assessments of brexit on the uk 'don't exist'

media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionbrexit secretary david davis is quizzed by committee chairman hilary bennthe government has not carried out any impact assessments of leaving the eu on the uk economy, brexit secretary david davis has told mps.mr davis said the usefulness of such assessments would be "near zero" because of the scale of change brexit is likely to cause.he said the government had produced a "sectoral analysis" of different industries but not a "forecast" of what would happen when the uk leaves the eu.labour called it a "shambles".the liberal democrats said impact assessments were urgently needed while the snp called it an "ongoing farce".mr davis said a "very major contingency planning operation" was in place for brexit.opposition mps have been on the trail of the "brexit impact assessments" for months. and when david davis told them they didn't exist, they were quick to highlight some similar-sounding studies he had referred to in the past:october 2016, asked what assessment the government had made of the impact of brexit on the economy: "we currently have in place an assessment of 51 sectors of the economy. we are looking at those one by one, but the aim at the end is that this will inform the negotiating approach so that no one gets hurt."december 2016, to the brexit committee: "we are in the midst of carrying out about 57 sets of analyses, each of which has implications for individual parts of 85% of the economy… e...