Theresa May Dismisses Brexit Leaked Document, Says Parliament Will Receive 'Appropriate Analysis'

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday (January 31) that lawmakers would be given official analysis on any Brexit deal before they are asked to approve it, dismissing a leaked document showing the economy would be worse off under all exit scenarios.

On Monday Buzzfeed News reported that Britain's economy would be worse off whether it leaves the European Union with a free trade deal, single market access, or with no deal at all, citing government analysis.

But May said the report was a "selective interpretation of a very preliminary analysis, which ministers have not signed off."

She said lawmakers would be given analysis on the actual deal that Britain reaches with the European Union, ahead of a vote that will allow lawmakers to accept or reject the negotiated settlement.

"When the time comes for parliament to vote on the final deal, we will ensure that parliament has the appropriate analysis on which to be fully informed, on which to base their judgement," May told reporters traveling to China for a trade visit.

Brexit minister Steve Baker rejected calls by Labour front-benchers to publish the leaked report.

Baker said the document was at a preliminary stage and publishing could damage negotiations with the EU, the BBC reported.

The parliamentary vote is a potential flashpoint in the Brexit process. No date is yet scheduled, but it will take place after the final divorce terms have been agreed.

May said it would be wrong to publish any official analysis until the terms of the deal are known, in part because doing so could prejudice the negotiations.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May attends an event at Wuhan University in Wuhan, Hubei province, China January 31, 2018. The Prime Minister said lawmakers would be given official analysis on any Brexit deal before they are asked to approve it. REUTERS/Stringer

The Prime Minister is facing increasing criticism from factions of her own party on how she is handling Brexit negotiations and her domestic agenda. Defying calls for her resignation, she said on Wednesday that she will not quit.

"I've said to you before, I'm not a quitter and there is a long-term job to be done," she told reporters on her way to China

"That job is about getting the best Brexit deal, about ensuring that we take back control of our money, our laws, our borders, that we can sign trade deals around the rest of the world. But it is also about our domestic agenda."

Media reports have said the number of 'no confidence' letters submitted by lawmakers from May's own party is nearing the threshold which would trigger a leadership contest. The committee which holds the letters does not comment on the actual number.

May's future as leader of the ruling Conservative Party has been subject to heightened speculation after she gambled on a snap election last year which went badly wrong and cost her party its majority in parliament.

During a similar trade-focused visit to Japan last year May first used the "I'm not a quitter" phrase, vowing to fight the next British election as leader in 2022.

Since then the pressure has been amplified by gaffes, scandals, and a growing concern among some that constant infighting over Brexit was drowning out attempts to win back the voters the party lost at the 2017 election.

Responding to one of more than 10 questions about her leadership during a 25 minute briefing, May defended her record by singling out housing, education and employment rates as areas where her government has made progress.

But, she acknowledged a need to make sure the messages are better heard by voters and her own party.

"Are you asking me is there more for us to do, talk to people about, more generally about what we are achieving and what we are doing? ... Yes," she said.

"There is always more for us to be able to do to talk to people about what we're achieving."