The Welsh Government is currently consulting on the effectiveness of the Agricultural Sector (Wales) Act 2014. The Act aims to support a ‘resilient, sustainable and well-trained agricultural sector in Wales’, and in particular, regulates agricultural wages. The Act contains a ‘sunset clause’, meaning it will cease to have effect after 30 July 2018 if no new legislation is made to preserve it. The Welsh Government will use the outcome of the consultation to help it decide whether or not to maintain, amend or discontinue the Act.
On 13 July 2017, the UK Government introduced the EU (Withdrawal) Bill into the UK Parliament. The Bill – which was formerly referred to as the Great Repeal Bill or Repeal Bill – aims to make the changes the UK Government considers necessary to law in the UK in preparation for the UK’s exit from the EU.
The White Paper leading to the Bill, Legislating for the United Kingdom’s Withdrawal from the European Union, was published on 30 March 2017. You can read more about it in our blog.
The Queen’s Speech was held on 21 June 2017, following the General Election held on 8 June 2017. The UK Government has announced that there will be no Queen’s Speech next year so the legislative proposals cover a two year period.
Three Members of the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee, Mark Isherwood, Eluned Morgan and Committee Chair David Rees, visited Dublin on Monday 19 June. The reason? To get some Irish perspectives to feed into the Committee’s inquiry into the implications of Brexit for Welsh ports.
On Tuesday the Welsh Government will set out its Legislative Programme for the next 12 months. The Programme will set out the list of bills or new laws the Welsh Government intends to lay before the Assembly for consideration. It sets out the Government’s priorities for legislation and demonstrates how it intends to deliver on its Programme for Government commitments.