Devolved administrations urged to speak with one farming voice on Brexit

Scotland’s Rural Secretary, Fergus Ewing, has called on the UK’s devolved administrations to “speak with a united voice” to protect agricultural interests during the Brexit negotiations.

Writing to the other administrations, Mr Ewing (pictured above) has argued the need for a unified position on matters which are no longer subject to EU law, but which are the responsibility of the devolved administrations such as farming, fisheries and environmental protection.

The Scottish minister also said it was clear these repatriated powers would continue to be the responsibility of Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast after Brexit, as they are now.

His letter also sets out “growing concern” that the UK Government is not listening to the devolved administrations on matters linked to rural policy as it seeks new UK frameworks to replace those currently provided by membership of the EU.

“I believe Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland share the same position that full responsibility for the agriculture sector will sit with devolved administrations following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, as now,” said Mr Ewing.

“That is why I have written to my counterparts in the other devolved governments calling for a united voice in discussions with the UK Government. This can help secure the best possible outcome for the industry across the UK.”

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