Parliament prorogation: Fears mount over Agriculture Bill

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament for five weeks in anticipation of a Queen’s speech has triggered concerns that progress may be lost on the government’s plans for a post-Brexit environmental land management system.

The Agriculture Bill, which sets out the legal framework to provide public money for the provision of environmental services, is currently waiting to be brought back to the House of Commons for the report stage. 

While any unfinished parliamentary business is usually dropped once parliament is prorogued, researchers at the Institute for Government (IfG) have noted that the Agriculture Bill could in theory still be carried over to the next parliamentary session - because it has not passed the final amending stage in the current House.

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