UW officials raised concerns about the timing of the Sustainable Farming and our Land consultation with politicians, including First Minister Mark Drakeford and Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths, at Pembrokeshire Show.
Having raised concerns since early July regarding the clash between the response deadline (October 30) and the date on which the UK is due to leave the EU (October 31), the FUW had already welcomed a Welsh Government commitment to keep the deadline under review.
However, given the UK Government’s determination to take the UK out of the EU at the end of October, deal or no deal, the Union now believes it is imperative that the deadline be extended.
Speaking at Pembrokeshire Show after a meeting with Mr Drakeford and Mrs Griffiths, FUW President Glyn Roberts said: “We share the Welsh Government’s concerns regarding the impacts of a no-deal Brexit and welcome the commitment to supporting agriculture. In terms of the Sustainable Farming and our Land consultation, we have major concerns regarding the clash between the October 30 deadline and the date on which we are due to leave the EU, as growing Brexit disruption is likely to distract attention away from this important consultation document.
“As such, the only means by which to ensure that the consultation paper is given the attention it truly deserves is to delay the deadline by a number of months.”