The past month has been dominated by the EU Withdrawal Bill (Repeal Bill) and the hearings and reports of several committees in the Houses of Commons and the Lords. We have also heard the early sounds of important processes creaking into action, such as the Agriculture Bill and Fisheries Bill. And the first signals of the possibilities and pitfalls associated with new trading relationships.
This newsletter serves as an end-of-year ‘clearing the decks’, to provide updates on some recent milestones, and to focus on key strands for 2018. The coming year already looks set to be an historic period for food, farming and fishing policy – summarised brilliantly as ‘four hot potatoes’ in this blog by Sustain’s Vicki Hird.
As ever, keep the news and insights coming – we really do appreciate it. See many of you at the Oxford Real Farming Conference. Sustain is running the opening “Brexit: State of Play” session, and then working with others to steward the Brexit Room, so if there’s anything you’d like us to highlight, or if you’re planning to attend the opening session, let me know by latest close of play 3rd January. Meanwhile, hope you all have a great festive break!