MAJOR BOOST TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR A RURAL STRATEGY:
The Independent Food, Farming & Countryside Commission hosted by the RSA in its report launched on Tuesday 16th July ‘Our Future in the Land’ has added its voice to the calls by the RSN and the House of Lords Select Committee for a comprehensive Rural Strategy (more to follow)
The Government published the last batch of no-deal technical notices, outlining the UK’s relationship with the EU in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. Of interest, on the matter of exporting animals and animal products if there’s no Brexit deal, the notices set out that an Export Health Certificate (EHC) would be required for exports of all animal products and live animals from the UK to the EU. The Government also released this quarter’s Rural Economic Bulletin for England, which showed the average house price in rural areas increased by 4.5 per cent over the last year, while employment rates for people aged 16 to 64 dropped by 0.2 per cent. Elsewhere, the Labour Party Conference took place last week in Liverpool. Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rebecca Long-Bailey MP announced Labour’s emergency five-point plan to save Britain’s high streets, including:
She also highlighted that Shadow Minister for Small Business Bill Esterson MP is convening a cross-departmental taskforce to assess the decline of high streets, including tax treatment between traditional retailers and online sellers, and that Shadow Minister for Planning and Local Government Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP will lead a planning commission, which will enable the party to create policies that will support high streets, tackle climate change and aid environmental protection. On Sunday, Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox gave his speech to the Conservative Party Conference. Fox praised the UK’s economic performance since the 2016 EU referendum, noting high levels of UK exports and low unemployment. He also restated that the UK will leave the customs union, single market and Common Fisheries and Agricultural Policies, and end ECJ jurisdiction and free movement.
Parliament remains in recess. The Conservative Party Conference is taking place in Birmingham from Sunday 30th September to Wednesday 3rd October. There are several events which may be of interest:
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