Will DEFRA’s Brexit preparations leave scrutiny by the wayside?

Will scrutiny of the ‘hundreds or thousands of pages of technical laws’ required before Brexit fall victim to the overwhelming workload? Simon Pickstone reports

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DEFRA faces a mountain of paperwork as it transfers EU environmental legislation onto the UK's statute book before Brexit

As the UK’s formal EU departure date draws ever nearer, government departments are scrambling to make sure the country is fully prepared.

Few departments have more on their plate than DEFRA. It is tasked with laying 93 pieces of secondary legislation, drafting three new bills on agriculture, fisheries and the environment, preparing for new IT systems and introducing new export arrangements for UK agri-foods. With the threat of a no-deal Brexit looming, the urgency of these tasks is clear.

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