Devising a domestic replacement for the Common Agricultural Policy is particularly complicated because agriculture is currently a devolved issue in Wales and Scotland.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, passed in June, will transpose EU law into UK law when we leave the EU. Scottish and Welsh politicians fiercely opposed this legislation, calling it a ‘power grab’. Both administrations developed their own continuity bills, but the Scottish one is being challenged in the Supreme Court. The Welsh Government subsequently withdrew its opposition following negotiations.
Following the Brexit vote, Ramblers Cymru submitted written evidence to a Welsh Assembly committee in autumn 2016, followed by oral evidence in January 2017. Our call for ‘public funds for public access’ was reflected in the committee’s report of March 2017, and the Welsh Government accepted this recommendation in principle. The Welsh Government has now issued a consultation document called Brexit and Our Land, which includes a ‘public goods’ scheme for post-Brexit land management.
Ramblers Cymru are now developing a detailed response to this consultation and is urging walkers from across Great Britain to write to Welsh Government to support the principle of a Public Goods scheme, which we will be responding to shortly. In the meantime, we are also calling on MPs to support an Agriculture Bill which protects access to the countryside and our path network.
From walkers to photographers to micro adventurers, find out why people want to keep paths open, and let us know why you want to protect paths.