Why groups fear that watchdog’s bark will be worse than its bite

Jamie Carpenter: This week's consultation on the government's plans for a post-Brexit green watchdog represents a major milestone, but fears have been raised that the body will lack sufficient enforcement powers

Jamie Carpenter, editor, ENDS Report
Jamie Carpenter: NGOs fear that, unless the watchdog has powers like the European Commission’s to initiate legal proceedings, green laws could be undermined

The publication this week of the details of the environment secretary Michael Gove’s plans for a new environmental watchdog to hold ministers to account after the UK leaves the EU represents a key milestone in the government’s plans to deliver a so-called green Brexit.

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