After the UK leaves the European Union on 31st January we will embark on intensive negotiations around our future relationship. For Central Devon one of the most important issues at stake is the future of British farming.
Just a few weeks into our new Conservative Government and there have been three important steps forward in delivering Brexit, supporting our farmers and increasing the salaries of our lowest paid workers.
24 hours is a long time in politics and so writing my column several days before it is published renders it out of date by the time it is being read. This is often the case with Brexit but I shall try anyway.
The PM has negotiated a new deal with the European Union – something his critics said that he wasn’t serious about and wouldn’t be possible anyway because the EU wouldn’t re-open the withdrawal agreement and the clock was inching closer to midnight. He has proved them wrong.
Mel Stride MP has sought help from Transport Minister Chris Heaton-Harris MP in pressing Great Western Railway over the feasibility study for a regular rail service between Okehampton and Exeter via Crediton.