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Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenNorthern Irish court dismisses case against no-deal Brexit Co-op warns of no-deal Brexit food shortages and price hikesEuropean parliament to attack UK treatment of EU citizens 1.24pm BST The Commons public accounts committee has published a report (pdf) this morning accusing the government of being “overly secretive” about the money it is spending on consultants who are helping it prepare for Brexit. The bill has come to at least £97m, the committee says.Here is an extract.Departments have made extensive use of consultancy firms in support of their preparations for Brexit, spending at least £97 million by April 2019. Departments have been overly secretive about what the consultants are doing, as they have been before in providing information on other aspects of the Brexit preparations. When departments have published information on consultancy work, usually later than they should have, they have failed to meet the government’s own transparency standards. Departments took too long to publish information on the contracts being let, and some contracts were over-zealously redacted before publication. 1.15pm BST And talking of MPs frustrating a no-deal Brexit, Sir Oliver Letwin, one of the MPs who helped to draw up the bill intended to stop a no-deal Brexit on 31 October has given an interview to the Evening Standard in which he suggested that MPs might pass another law to hold a referendum on Brexit before a general election.This interview with Oliver Letwin by ⁦@JoeMurphyLondon⁩ ⁦@EveningStandard⁩ is important. He says Brexit should be resolved before an election. So unless Parliament votes for a Brexit deal, there will be a referendum before a general election[Letwin] would definitely oppose trying to decide Brexit in the hurly-burly of a general election campaign. And he is pretty sure MPs are ready to keep postponing the election until after Brexit is decided.“I can’t see how you can do that [resolve Brexit] very well in a general election where it will get, as Alan Duncan said in a marvellous speech this week, all muddled up in other things,” he said. Continue reading…

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