Gove: Taking “constructive, open-minded and pragmatic” approach to farming

The UK Environment Secretary said he was taking a “constructive, open-minded and pragmatic” approach to farming as Britain leaves the European Union.

Visiting the Royal Welsh Show, Michael Gove said he had a “very warm and positive” first meeting with his Welsh counterpart Lesley Griffiths.

Earlier, she warned farming was at risk of “being put back decades” by Brexit. Ms Griffiths fears Wales will have less power and flexibility after Brexit if the UK government’s repeal bill becomes law.

Mr Gove said he had a “fantastic” relationship with Welsh ministers. His next meeting with Ms Griffiths would be in September, but he said Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns would be holding regular meetings in the meantime.

Ms Griffith said: “We have got very distinct needs in Wales – the farmers, the food producers and businesses are telling me this – we need to retain the ability to form our own policies.”

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