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Minister discusses agriculture post-Brexit

01 May 2018

The Welsh Affairs Committee examines Defra's proposals for the future of Welsh agriculture post-Brexit, and trade-related issues.

Agricultural policy and funding

3.6% of the Welsh working population are farmers or farm workers, which is almost three times the proportion for the UK as a whole. Dairy and red meat are the two largest single sectors.

In this session, the Committee questions the Minister on the possible implications of Brexit for Welsh agriculture, including future income support and funding beyond the Common Agricultural Policy, the Government's expected Agriculture Bill, how the sector will fare in any future UK-EU trade deal, and the impact of the changes to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill agreed between the UK and Welsh Governments on the development of a common agricultural framework.

Witnesses

Tuesday 1 May 2018, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

From 12.45pm: 

  • George Eustice MP, Minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Danny Jeyasingam, Deputy Director, Devolution Team, Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Chair's comments

Ahead of the session, Committee Chairman David T.C. Davies MP said:    

"The outcome of Brexit negotiations will undoubtedly impact upon Welsh agriculture, and wider trading trends, and the Committee has already heard about a number of possible opportunities and threats during this inquiry.

We have also noted with interest the latest developments in discussions regarding the EU (Withdrawal) Bill between the UK Government and devolved administrations.

We are looking forward to hearing the Minister's perspective on these issues, as well as Defra's proposals for Welsh agriculture and trade post-Brexit."

Further information

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