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Brexit update from Environment Secretary

6 July 2020

The EU Environment Sub-Committee questions Defra’s Secretary of State George Eustice on his Department’s preparations for the end of the transition period and priorities for the UK-EU future relationship negotiations.

Witnesses

At 10am on Wednesday 8 July 2020

  • Rt Hon George Eustice MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Emma Bourne, Director of EU Exit, Domestic and Constitutional Affairs at Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Mark Thompson, Deputy Director at EU Strategy and Negotiations at Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

Areas of discussion

The Committee has been examining a number of Defra’s policy areas that either need to be resolved in the UK-EU future relationship negotiations, or need to be implemented before the end of the Brexit transition period. Members will be asking the Secretary of State about:

  • Possible ways forward for the fisheries negotiations, particularly in relation to quota allocations
  • What action Defra is taking to make the Northern Ireland Protocol workable for the agrifood sector
  • Agrifood aspects of the Government’s free trade negotiations
  • How environmental level playing field provisions will work and be enforced

Further information