The row over releasing studies, detailing the impact of Brexit in 58 sectors which cover the great majority of the UK economy, has been going on for a while.
Recently, the Labour party made a humble address, according to a report in The Guardian:
After Wednesday evening’s unanimous vote calling for the 58 studies to be released, ministers refused to confirm whether the arcane type of motion passed unanimously by MPs, known as a “humble address”, was considered binding.
But answering questions in the Commons on Thursday, the leader of the house, Andrea Leadsom, said this was the case. However, she indicated that there could be some delays as ministers pondered how to release the information without damaging Brexit negotiations.
Why is such a motion considered arcane? What does it entail? Why is it not invoked more often?