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Return farm powers to devolved administrations, say peers

Powers over farming should return from Brussels direct to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – rather than being temporarily retained in Westminster as the UK government wants, say peers.

The recommendation is made in a devolution report by the House of Lords EU committee which says Brexit poses a “fundamental challenge” to the future of the UK.

The UK government wants any powers returned from Brussels after Brexit retained in Westminster rather than going straight back to the devolved administrations.

It argues that replicating the framework provided by EU rules at a UK level would provide the “greatest level of legal and administrative certainty” post Brexit.

But he House of Lords report says any attempt by the UK government to use Brexit to “re-reserve” powers previously devolved could add to instability.

(Source: Farmers Weekly)

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