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Freedom of Information Team 
Correspondence​ ​Unit 
9​ ​Downing​ ​Street 
SW1A​ ​2AG 
Nicholas​ ​Da​ ​Costa 
Via:​ ​​ 
Our​ ​ref:​ ​DEX000670  
23​ ​October​ ​2017  
Dear​ ​​Nicholas​ ​Da​ ​Costa, 
I​ ​refer​ ​to​ ​your​ ​request,​ ​where​ ​you​ ​asked: 
I​ ​request​ ​that​ ​the​ ​Department​ ​for​ ​Exiting​ ​the​ ​European​ ​Union​ ​release​ ​the​ ​analysis​ ​of​ ​50 
sectors​ ​of​ ​the​ ​United​ ​Kingdom​ ​economy​ ​of​ ​the​ ​impact​ ​of​ ​Brexit.​ ​These​ ​reports​ ​were 
confirmed​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Minister​ ​of​ ​State​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Department​ ​for​ ​Exiting​ ​the​ ​European​ ​Union, 
the​ ​Rt.​ ​Hon.​ ​David​ ​Jones​ ​MP. 
I​ ​can​ ​confirm​ ​the​ ​Department​ ​for​ ​Exiting​ ​the​ ​European​ ​Union​ ​does​ ​hold​ ​information​ ​which 
relates​ ​to​ ​your​ ​request.​ ​This​ ​information​ ​is​ ​being​ ​withheld​ ​as​ ​exempt​ ​in​ ​accordance​ ​with 
Sections​ ​27,​ ​29​ ​and​ ​35​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Freedom​ ​of​ ​Information​ ​Act,​ ​which​ ​protect​ ​information​ ​that 
could​ ​prejudice​ ​international​ ​relations,​ ​the​ ​UK​ ​economy​ ​and​ ​the​ ​formulation​ ​of​ ​government 
policy.​ ​The​ ​reasoning​ ​behind​ ​these​ ​exemptions​ ​is​ ​outlined​ ​below. 
Section 27 and Section 29 
The​ ​information​ ​you​ ​have​ ​requested​ ​is​ ​exempt​ ​under​ ​Section​ ​27(1)(c-d)​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Freedom​ ​of 
Information​ ​Act,​ ​which​ ​exempts​ ​information​ ​from​ ​release​ ​if​ ​to​ ​do​ ​so​ ​would,​ ​or​ ​would​ ​be 
likely​ ​to,​ ​prejudice:​ ​(c)​ ​the​ ​interests​ ​of​ ​the​ ​UK​ ​abroad,​ ​or;​ ​(d)​ ​the​ ​promotion​ ​or​ ​protection​ ​by 
the​ ​UK​ ​of​ ​its​ ​interests​ ​abroad.​ ​The​ ​information​ ​requested​ ​is​ ​also​ ​exempt​ ​from​ ​disclosure​ ​in 
accordance​ ​with​ ​section​ ​29(1)(a-b)​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Act,​ ​which​ ​exempts​ ​information​ ​if​ ​it​ ​would,​ ​or 
would​ ​be​ ​likely​ ​to,​ ​prejudice:​ ​(1)(a)​ ​​the​ ​economic​ ​interests​ ​of​ ​the​ ​UK,​ ​or;​ ​(1)(b)​ ​any​ ​part​ ​of 
the​ ​UK,​ ​or​ ​the​ ​financial​ ​interests​ ​of​ ​any​ ​administration​ ​in​ ​the​ ​UK​ ​(where​ ​“administration​ ​in 
the​ ​UK”​ ​means​ ​the​ ​UK​ ​Government,​ ​the​ ​Scottish​ ​Administration,​ ​the​ ​Executive​ ​Committee 
of​ ​the​ ​Northern​ ​Ireland​ ​Assembly,​ ​or​ ​the​ ​Welsh​ ​Assembly​ ​Government).  
These​ ​are​ ​both​ ​qualified​ ​exemptions​ ​and​ ​I​ ​have​ ​considered​ ​whether​ ​the​ ​balance​ ​of​ ​the 
Public​ ​Interest​ ​favours​ ​disclosing​ ​this​ ​information​ ​or​ ​withholding.  
DExEU​ ​recognises​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of​ ​transparency​ ​in​ ​public​ ​affairs​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​the​ ​public​ ​are 
able​ ​to​ ​scrutinise​ ​the​ ​manner​ ​in​ ​which​ ​public​ ​authorities​ ​reach​ ​important​ ​decisions.​ ​In​ ​wake 

of​ ​the​ ​UK’s​ ​decision​ ​to​ ​leave​ ​the​ ​EU,​ ​we​ ​understand​ ​the​ ​public​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​being​ ​assured 
that​ ​the​ ​Government’s​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​foreign​ ​policy​ ​and​ ​international​ ​relations​ ​reflects​ ​current 
and​ ​relevant​ ​analysis​ ​and​ ​consideration​ ​of​ ​our​ ​exit​ ​on​ ​various​ ​sectors​ ​and​ ​industries​ ​and 
their​ ​economic​ ​outcomes.  
Against​ ​this,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​very​ ​strong​ ​public​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​the​ ​correct​ ​handling​ ​of​ ​the​ ​UK’s 
national​ ​and​ ​regional​ ​interests​ ​abroad.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​context​ ​of​ ​the​ ​ongoing​ ​bilateral​ ​negotiations 
with​ ​the​ ​EU,​ ​we​ ​find​ ​that​ ​the​ ​release​ ​of​ ​this​ ​information​ ​could​ ​be​ ​detrimental​ ​to​ ​the 
Government’s​ ​negotiating​ ​position,​ ​the​ ​protection​ ​of​ ​which​ ​has​ ​been​ ​agreed​ ​by​ ​Parliament. 
Causing​ ​harm​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Government’s​ ​negotiating​ ​position​ ​would​ ​inherently​ ​be​ ​likely​ ​to​ ​cause 
harm​ ​to​ ​the​ ​economic​ ​or​ ​financial​ ​interests​ ​of​ ​the​ ​UK​ ​or​ ​UK​ ​administrations.​ ​We​ ​have 
therefore​ ​concluded​ ​that​ ​the​ ​public​ ​interest​ ​favours​ ​withholding​ ​this​ ​information​ ​as​ ​release 
would​ ​likely​ ​jeopardise​ ​immediate​ ​and​ ​future​ ​UK​ ​interests. 
Section 35 
The​ ​information​ ​requested​ ​is​ ​also​ ​exempt​ ​under​ ​section​ ​35(1)(a)​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Act,​ ​which​ ​exempts 
information​ ​held​ ​by​ ​a​ ​government​ ​department​ ​if​ ​it​ ​relates​ ​to​ ​(1)(a)​ ​the​ ​formulation​ ​or 
development​ ​of​ ​government​ ​policy.  
Section​ ​35​ ​is​ ​a​ ​qualified​ ​exemption​ ​and​ ​I​ ​have​ ​considered​ ​whether​ ​the​ ​public​ ​interest​ ​in 
exempting​ ​the​ ​information​ ​in​ ​scope​ ​outweighs​ ​the​ ​public​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​releasing​ ​the​ ​information. 
Along​ ​with​ ​the​ ​arguments​ ​for​ ​disclosure​ ​stated​ ​above,​ ​we​ ​recognise​ ​that​ ​policy​ ​formulation​ ​is 
in​ ​the​ ​public​ ​interest​ ​as​ ​policy​ ​can​ ​have​ ​significant​ ​impact​ ​on​ ​the​ ​lives​ ​of​ ​citizens​ ​and​ ​there​ ​is 
therefore​ ​public​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​the​ ​transparency​ ​of​ ​policy​ ​area​ ​assessments​ ​concerning​ ​the​ ​UK’s 
exit​ ​from​ ​the​ ​EU. 
Opposing​ ​this,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​strong​ ​public​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​policy​ ​making​ ​associated​ ​with​ ​our​ ​exit​ ​from 
the​ ​EU​ ​being​ ​of​ ​the​ ​highest​ ​quality​ ​and​ ​being​ ​fully​ ​informed​ ​by​ ​a​ ​consideration​ ​of​ ​all​ ​options. 
It​ ​is​ ​therefore​ ​important​ ​that​ ​policy​ ​officials​ ​are​ ​granted​ ​a​ ​secure​ ​space​ ​where​ ​the​ ​formulation 
of​ ​policy​ ​can​ ​be​ ​thoroughly​ ​examined​ ​without​ ​being​ ​subject​ ​to​ ​detrimental​ ​public​ ​/​ ​media 
scrutiny​ ​and​ ​criticism.​ ​In​ ​releasing​ ​information​ ​in​ ​scope,​ ​we​ ​may​ ​undermine​ ​the​ ​effective 
formulation​ ​of​ ​policies​ ​which​ ​may​ ​play​ ​a​ ​key​ ​part​ ​in​ ​our​ ​negotiation​ ​strategy​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as 
potentially​ ​jeopardising​ ​the​ ​future​ ​formulation​ ​of​ ​policy,​ ​where​ ​it​ ​would​ ​not​ ​be​ ​undertaken​ ​in 
the​ ​same​ ​free​ ​and​ ​candid​ ​manner​ ​without​ ​fear​ ​of​ ​external​ ​scrutiny.​ ​Given​ ​all​ ​circumstances 
of​ ​the​ ​case​ ​I​ ​have​ ​concluded​ ​that​ ​public​ ​interest​ ​favours​ ​withholding​ ​the​ ​information​ ​we​ ​hold 
within​ ​the​ ​scope​ ​of​ ​your​ ​request​ ​over​ ​releasing. 
If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​any​ ​queries​ ​about​ ​this​ ​letter,​ ​please​ ​contact​ ​the​ ​FOI​ ​team.​ ​Please​ ​remember​ ​to 
quote​ ​the​ ​reference​ ​number​ ​above​ ​in​ ​any​ ​future​ ​communications. 
If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​unhappy​ ​with​ ​the​ ​service​ ​you​ ​have​ ​received​ ​in​ ​relation​ ​to​ ​your​ ​request​ ​or​ ​wish​ ​to 
request​ ​an​ ​internal​ ​review,​ ​you​ ​should​ ​write​ ​to: 
Freedom​ ​of​ ​Information​ ​Team​ ​(internal​ ​review) 
Department​ ​for​ ​Exiting​ ​the​ ​European​ ​Union 
9​ ​Downing​ ​Street 

SW1A​ ​2AG 
You​ ​should​ ​note​ ​that​ ​DExEU​ ​will​ ​not​ ​normally​ ​accept​ ​an​ ​application​ ​for​ ​internal​ ​review​ ​if​ ​it​ ​is 
received​ ​more​ ​than​ ​two​ ​months​ ​after​ ​the​ ​date​ ​that​ ​the​ ​reply​ ​was​ ​issued. 
If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​not​ ​content​ ​with​ ​the​ ​outcome​ ​of​ ​your​ ​internal​ ​review,​ ​you​ ​may​ ​apply​ ​directly​ ​to​ ​the 
Information​ ​Commissioner​ ​for​ ​a​ ​decision.​ ​Generally,​ ​the​ ​Commissioner​ ​cannot​ ​make​ ​a 
decision​ ​unless​ ​you​ ​have​ ​exhausted​ ​the​ ​complaints​ ​procedure​ ​provided​ ​by​ ​DExEU.​ ​The 
Information​ ​Commissioner​ ​can​ ​be​ ​contacted​ ​at: 
The​ ​Information​ ​Commissioner’s​ ​Office 
SK9​ ​5AF 
Yours​ ​faithfully 
Freedom of Information Team, DExEU.