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Concerns raised over devolved decisions on farming after brexit

The issue of who gets the budget and controls farm policy is proving highly contentious with the Scottish Tory leader, Ruth Davidson, suggesting in a recent interview (££) that Holyrood may be denied the power to decide their own support regime for farmers, despite agriculture being wholly devolved.

Ms Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the SNP earlier claimed that Brexit was being used as cover for “an attack on the very foundations of the devolved parliament” in Edinburgh.  She suggested a Whitehall clawback of powers being repatriated from Brussels would make a second Scottish independence referendum more likely.

The Times reports that after a question on where the power would lie on the farm budget, PM Theresa May did not confirm that the budget and decision making would be devolved.  So the concern continues.

Published 2 Mar 2017

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