Brexit: UK agriculture policy

Brexit requires the UK to have a new agriculture policy. The UK Government and devolved legislatures have set out proposals for supporting farmers whilst enhancing the environment. This Commons Library briefing has been updated ahead of publication of an Agriculture Bill in order to set out the policy context. The Library will provide distinct briefing on the Bill ahead of its Second Reading.

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Brexit: new guidelines on the framework for future EU-UK relations

Brexit negotiations have resumed and this third phase will cover issues outstanding from the last phases – the Irish border in particular – and the framework for future EU-UK relations. This paper looks at how the EU and the UK envisage their relationship after Brexit.…

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The policy framework for agriculture after the UK leaves the EU

This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Thursday 1 February 2018 at 3pm on the policy framework for agriculture after the UK leaves the EU. The debate will be opened by Alistair Carmichael MP and the topic has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee. …

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25-year environment plan

The Government published its 25-year plan to improve the environment on 11 January 2018. This briefing paper provides an overview and background to the plan, picks out key themes and commitments, and provides a summary of stakeholder reaction. …

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Future of the rural economy in Wales

MPs will debate the Future of the rural economy in Wales, led by Ben Lake, on Tuesday 28 November at 4.30pm, in Westminster Hall. This House of Commons Library briefing provides a summary of the issues, statistics and background information for the debate.…

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Glyphosate: Controversy surrounding the EU’s re-approval of the pesticide

Glyphosate was re-approved for use in the EU in November 2017 and the legal act enabling this was adopted in December 2017. This approval was subject to delay as a range of scientific evidence was considered regarding potential health risks with fierce debate over a number of years.

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Commons Library analysis: Bees and neonicotinoids

This briefing concentrates on the interaction between bees and a group of insecticides – known as neonicotinoids – which have been in the spotlight after a number of studies yielded evidence (although much of that evidence is contested) of sub-lethal, harmful effects on bees. In July 2015, the UK Government granted an emergency authorisation for the use of restricted neonicotinoids on oil seed rape seeds in four English counties. Similar application for emergency authorisations for 2016 and 2017 were rejected.…

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Key Issues 2017

Key Issues 2017 is a series of short briefings on the topics that will take centre stage in UK and international politics in the new Parliament. Written by impartial Commons Library specialists, these articles are designed to help the reader get up to speed quickly on issues such as; Brexit, the housing crisis, the future of devolution and much more.

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Brexit: impact across policy areas

This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.

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EU Referendum: Impact on UK agriculture policy

Most farming organisations are taking a ‘remain’ or neutral position ahead of the EU Referendum on the grounds that there is too much uncertainty around a potential UK approach to farming outside the EU and its Common Agricultural Policy. However, others are starting to set out what a new approach to UK agriculture, outside the EU, might look like.…

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