The UK and devolved governments are currently positioning themselves for a battle.
A constant in Brexitborder blog publications, since its’ inception, is the unforeseen consequences of Brexit. For example, how will farmers, reliant on the EU for 87 percent of their income, be compensated in a post Brexit scenario? The Conversation.com through Richard Percival points out that because agriculture is a devolved competence there is currently little for the devolved governments to do other than administer the Common Agriculture Policy. But, after Brexit, he points out that farm subsidies (without saying who is going to pay the bill, Ed) will fall to the devolved countries. So that could could result in four completely different farm support systems in the UK, putting a question mark of whether or not there would then be a single market within the UK for food. The concept of an ‘internal’ single market between the four parts of the country has not been an issue up until now because they are all part of a larger single EU market. But, he concludes, “… the politics of the devolved administrations means there is unlikely to be consent to such a change and predicts a “Brexit-inspired constitutional confrontation.”