Department for Exiting the European Union: Agriculture

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 19th September 2017.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what meetings his Department has had with (a) farming unions and (b) devolved administrations to discuss matters relating to farming since June 2016.

Photo of Steven Baker Steven Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

The Department for Exiting the European Union has met a number of stakeholders from the agricultural sector, including the National Farmers Union, National Pig Association, the Country Land and Business Association and the International Meat Trade Association.

The Government is also working closely with the Devolved Administrations. The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is meeting his ministerial counterparts in the Welsh and Scottish Governments, along with a senior official from the Northern Ireland Executive Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, in late September for on-going discussions on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Further joint ministerial meetings will take place on a regular basis, as well as continued bilateral discussions.

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