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Britain to lose protection of the environment – as a result of Brexit

BBC 27th Oct 2020, Campaigners fear that the legal body designed to protect the environment on
behalf of citizens is being undermined by the UK government. Ministers
promised that after Brexit, laws on air, water and waste would be policed
by an independent Office for Environmental Protection (OEP).
Previously,
these laws were enforced by European courts, which prosecuted EU
governments that breached green rules. Ministers promised the OEP would be
similarly independent. But they now want to grant themselves powers to
“advise” the new body. These plans were revealed in a tabled amendment
to the Environment Bill. Critics fear ministers may counsel the OEP against
taking the government to court if it breaches laws.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54706675

October 29, 2020 - Posted by | environment, politics, UK

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