MPs block bid to include green safeguards in Brexit bill

Flagship Brexit legislation now moves to the House of Lords as MPs reject an amendment seeking to maintain EU environmental protections

Houses of Parliament, Westminster. Photograph: Tomas Marek/123RF
Amendment to "prevent zombie legislation" after Brexit was narrowly rejected. Photograph: Tomas Marek/123RF

An opposition amendment to flagship Brexit legislation that sought to force the government to ensure the level of environmental protection provided by EU law is maintained or enhanced after the UK leaves the European Union has been defeated.

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