AQW 200/17-22 – Safeguarding agriculture and agri-food sectors

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs what measures his Department is taking to safeguard the agriculture and agri-food sectors in the context of Brexit.

(AQW 200/17-22)

Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: The Department has a comprehensive Brexit Programme, Chaired by the Permanent Secretary, which encompasses all aspects of the Department’s responsibilities (agriculture, environment, animal and plant health, fisheries etc.)

The Programme covers primary and secondary legislation, funding and resources, future frameworks, trade, migration, communications, no trade deal preparedness and the delivery of obligations under the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol.

The Department works closely with other NICS Departments (for example, DfE and TEO) and of course has strong links into the Defra work programme and broader Whitehall Departments.