THE Westminster Government's Brexit strategy came under concerted fire as the first day of Wales's premier agricultural event got underway today.

As Wales cabinet secretary for rural affairs Lesley Griffiths accused the Tories of being in danger of putting back the Welsh farm and food industry by decades, Plaid Cymru attacked the lack of representation for Wales in the Brexit talks and the Farmers' Union of Wales expressed its concern with the slow Brexit planning process and of the apparent lack co-operation between governments.

Lesley Griffiths met Westminster counterpart Michael Gove for the first time since his appointment on the first day of the Royal Welsh Show at Builth Wells.

She fears Wales will have less power and flexibility after Brexit if the UK government's repeal bill becomes law.

Mr Gove said Welsh farming would have a new chance to "grow and flourish".

Concerns about the way the UK government plans to convert EU law into British law were raised with Mr Gove by Ms Griffiths, whom she accused of showing "a complete disregard for devolution" after he postponed two planned meetings of UK agriculture and environment ministers.

Plaid Cymru AM Simon Thomas gave his vision for agriculture during a question and answer session on the National Farmers’ Union stand at the show.

Mid and West AM Simon Thomas also issued a challenge to the Leave leader Michael Gove.

“We’ve had 20 years decision making on agriculture from Wales and the people of Wales resoundingly endorsed that in the 2011 referendum on the powers of the Assembly. We cannot now allow Tories who do not represent Wales shape the future of Welsh farming," he said.

“Plaid Cymru agrees with the need for UK frameworks as we leave the European Union, and wanted to work in building up those frameworks for agriculture, fisheries and for the environment, but the attitude of Tory Ministers in Whitehall makes this impossible.

“What we are seeing now is not frameworks but impositions. Instead of treating the four nations of the UK as equals, Michael Gove latest speech is a shot across the bows of the Welsh national interest and the powers of the Welsh Government. "

“Michael Gove wants to be the one who will make the key decisions on environment and agriculture here in Wales, despite not representing a Welsh seat. Unelected, unaccountable and undemocratic – we would be turning the clock back to before devolution.”

Farmers’ Union of Wales president Glyn Roberts expressed its concern with the slow Brexit planning process and of the apparent lack co-operation between governments.

The FUW has since the referendum result called for a sensible exit timetable, the creation of a UK wide framework that respects the devolved administrations and tariff-free access to the EU market.

Mr Roberts said there was still confusion about the timetable.