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Michael Gove told Wales is ‘front of the pack’ on post-Brexit policy

CLA president Tim Breitmeyer has promised to tell Defra Secretary Michael Gove Wales is at the ‘front of the pack’ when it comes to delivering a post-Brexit policy which supports farmers.

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Gove told Wales is ‘front of the pack’ on post-Brexit policy

Mr Breitmeyer made the remarks at a Royal Welsh Brexit seminar held by CLA Cymru.

 

He said: “I am astonished by the level of maturity of the debate down here in comparison to what I am used to up in Westminster.

 

“There are organisations talking to each other; those who manage the countryside, those who have an interest in the countryside and those in your Government here in Cardiff. You are all actually pushing in the same direction.


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“I really do think Wales is at the front of the pack at the moment and that is the message I shall be giving Mr Gove, so he understands it is not just about the environment, but about the culture and the communities around agriculture here in Wales and also in England.”

 

Before the Welsh Government consultation was published, Rural Affairs Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths said it would focus more heavily than Defra’s plans on culture and community.

 

Ross Murray, chairman of rural asset management at Knight Frank and former CLA president told the seminar this gave the Welsh plans real strength.

“This is the best consultation document I have read,” he said.

 

“It is better than the English one and you are ahead of Scotland, so you can take comfort from that.

 

“The politicians in Wales are much closer to the farmers than they are in England. That was my experience of dealing with these huge ministries in England, they are a long way from the industry.”

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