With the deadline looming for an agreement on data which flows between Britain and the EU, Daniel Zeichner MP accused the government of “astonishing complacency” following an exchange with the minister in the Commons.
The Brexit deal struck in December which allows free flow of data between the UK and EU countries will run out in June 2021, unless the EU reach an “adequacy decision” for the UK.
This has led to uncertainty for businesses and harmed investment plans.
When quizzed the minister was unable to reveal any contingency plans, if a deal is not struck.
Mr Zeichner said: “The government have made us supplicants. We just have to wait and hope the EU will be nice to us. It’s like handing over powers to put a wall up in the Channel Tunnel. This data uncertainty has already had a negative effect on our economy. I am sure it played a part in the demise of booking.com and the job losses in Cambridge, and it is causing headaches for universities and the researchers who need to transfer data. It’s time the government got serious about this.”