Eustice retains food and farming role

George Eustice has retained his position as food and farming minister in the latest round of ministerial appointments by prime minister Theresa May. 

Eustice, who has held the position at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) since May 2015, will report to Andrea Leadsom, the new secretary of state for the department.

Leadsom, who ran against Theresa May for the Conservative leadership, succeeded Liz Truss, who took over as secretary of state for justice. Leadsom has overall responsibility for EU and international relations and emergencies.

Leadsom and Eustice will have to deal with a raft of new Brexit challenges, arising from the impact on food prices and the effects of losing EU subsidies.

The reshuffle also saw the end of the Department of Energy and Climate Change and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Last week the Food and Drink Federation sent an open letter to May regarding the management of Brexit.

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