Lords Committee to question George Eustice on Defra’s no-deal preparations


The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee will scrutinise Defra’s preparations for a ‘no deal’ Brexit with George Eustice MP on Wednesday 16th October.

The Committee will explore the extent to which the Government is prepared for a ‘no deal’ scenario, and discuss issues such as:

  • Food prices and availability – Defra’s assessment of the foods most at risk of shortages in a ‘no deal’ scenario, and of the potential scale of food price increases
  • Agriculture – Whether it is expected that the UK will have the ‘listed’ status needed to export live animals and animal products to the EU in a ‘no deal’ scenario
  • Fishing – the level of risk of illegal fishing and/or clashes between fishing vessels in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit
  • Environment – The Committee will ask questions on biosecurity, REACH and if the Office of Environmental Protection’s shadow body will be operational from 31 October

The evidence session will begin at 10:00 in Committee Room 2 in the House of Lords.