Lords deal defeat to government over environmental principles

The government has suffered another defeat on its key Brexit bill in the House of Lords after peers voted to pass an amendment which would require environmental principles to be enshrined in UK law through primary legislation

Lord Krebs
Lord Krebs

The government has suffered another defeat on its key Brexit bill in the House of Lords after peers voted to pass an amendment which would require environmental principles to be enshrined in UK law through primary legislation.

The amendment, which represents the 15th time that the government has been defeated in the Lords over the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, also sets a clear legislative framework and timescale for the creation of a green watchdog, stipulating that it be created within six months of the bill receiving Royal Assent.

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