Environmental legislation needed before Brexit

A new Environmental Protection Act should be passed before the UK leaves the EU to plug any gaps left by the Great Repeal Bill, a cross-party group of MPs said.

The bill was announced by the government as a way of transposing existing EU law into UK legislation, and will take effect once the UK has formally left the bloc. 

But the Environmental Audit Committee today warned in a report that simply transposing legislation without replacing governance arrangements would lead to significant weakening of environmental protections in many areas. 

During the committee’s inquiry on the post-Brexit future of the natural environment, secretary of state for the environment Andrea Leadsom had told MPs that one third of more than 800 pieces of environmental legislation could not be simply copied and pasted into UK law.

Witnesses to the inquiry ...

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