Shadow Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Andrew RT Davies, has welcomed confirmation from Michael Gove MP that agricultural funding will not be Barnettised post-Brexit.
Addressing Parliament yesterday during the 2nd reading of the Agricultural Bill, Mr Gove confirmed that the settlement which Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland currently receive will be defended.
Commenting on the announcement, Andrew RT Davies AM, said:
“In the immediate aftermath of the referendum, Welsh Conservatives made clear that funding for farming in Wales should remain outside the usual budget process, and this is welcome confirmation that this will be the case from Michael Gove.
“Labour’s record on support for farmers in Wales has been near disastrous and ‘Barnettisation’ would have allowed them to potentially divert money from agriculture to some of their quirky and failed pet-projects.
“This news will provide the agricultural industry with confidence and stability, whilst also demonstrating how important farming will be in our country’s future moving forward.
“While this provides clarity on some of the financial elements – with a review to follow – we now desperately need to see similar progress on legislative frameworks.
“The doomsayers within the Welsh political establishment who said this funding would not be delivered are now left to chew on a significant portion of humble pie, and perhaps emphasises that energies would be better served focusing on the opportunities for our nation post-Brexit.”