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We face ‘big question’ on devolution and farm Brexit, admits minister

Defra minister George Eustice has conceded that a “big question” remains over the future of farm policy in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Giving evidence to a House of Lords inquiry, Mr Eustice said it had yet to be decided how much power the four countries should have to decide their own post-Brexit agricultural policies.

Asked how potential conflicts in agricultural policy between UK nations would be resolved, Mr Eustice said: “The final shape of this hasn’t been decided yet and there is clearly going to be a lot of discussion to be had with the devolved administrations about how we do it.”

Mr Eustice was giving evidence on Wednesday, 8 March, to the House of Lords  EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee, which is conducting an inquiry into the impact of Brexit on agriculture.

(Source: Farmers Weekly)

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