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May refuses to be drawn on question of agriculture powers

Theresa May has refused to confirm if powers over agriculture – currently held by the European Union – will be handed back to Scotland when the UK leaves.

SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson pressed her on the issue during Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday, pointing to claims made during the referendum campaign.

Last April, Defra minister George Eustice, who campaigned for Vote Leave, claimed that “important powers” would be “automatically” devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

But he later appeared to backtrack, signalling that some kind of UK-wide framework would be required when agriculture and fishing responsibilities are repatriated from Brussels.

(Source: Press and Journal)

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