United Kingdom’S Withdrawal from the European Union

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:18 am on 29th March 2019.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Chair, Environmental Audit Committee 11:18 am, 29th March 2019

My hon. Friend is making a powerful and important speech. Just a week ago, the Environmental Audit Committee asked the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he would take, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, to protect British farmers. He said that a package of funds would be available but that he could not tell us—as MPs, we are accountable for taxpayers’ money—how the money would be spent, how much would be spent and where it would be spent. Does my hon. Friend agree it is the most incredible abuse of a Government’s power to commit funding to farmers and not to tell MPs how much is going to be spent?