Agriculture Bill dropped ‘again’ after parliament prorogued

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament ahead of a Queen’s Speech next week means progress on the Agriculture Bill will be lost.

The bill, which is in its second reading in the House of Commons, sets out the government’s plans for a system of agricultural subsidies after Brexit that would reward farmers for providing environmental services such as biodiversity and clean water. 

On Monday, the Queen will set out the government’s new legislative agenda. All existing bills that have not completed their journey through parliament must now be reintroduced from scratch because the government did not attempt to carry them over to the next legislative session. 

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