UK government unlikely to deliver 'green Brexit', report finds

Regulatory gaps post-Brexit could lead to ‘zombification’ of environmental policy in the UK, with no system of governance in place to enforce EU laws that are retained from the bloc.

That is the warning from an independent academic report, which finds that standards for environmental policy are likely to be weaker under every possible scenario.

The Habitats and Birds Directives are most at risk, while water quality is another major area of concern, potentially reversing progress that has seen England enjoy the cleanest bathing waters since records began.

This is despite environment secretary Michael Gove insisting that Brexit presents an opportunity to improve environmental protections, ...

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