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How Brexit [and agriculture] could break UK devolution

Brexit and agriculture present a serious challenge to current devolution settlements, not only in Scotland but also in Wales and Northern Ireland.

The reason lies in the fundamental architecture of devolution, argues legal expert Richard Percival, of Cardiff University.

In the EU, for instance, farm subsidies are a matter for the Common Agricultural Policy, and there is currently little for the devolved governments to do other than administer it.

But it’s clearly part of “agriculture”, a devolved competence, so after Brexit, it will, legally, fall to the devolved countries.

The result is that there could be four completely different farm support systems in the UK, which would affect whether there was a single market within the UK for food.

(Source: The Conversation)

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