Gove accuses Treasury of 'shortsightedness' over green watchdog plans

Environment secretary Michael Gove has accused chancellor Philip Hammond of attempting to sabotage his quest for a green Brexit, according to reports.

Michael Gove. Photograph: DEFRA
Michael Gove has been an unexpected champion of green causes since his appointment as environment secretary

Environment secretary Michael Gove has accused chancellor Philip Hammond of attempting to sabotage his quest for a green Brexit, according to press reports.

In a letter written on Thursday, leaked excerpts of which were published by the Telegraph this morning, Gove blames Hammond for the government’s defeat last week in the Lords. Peers passed amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill that would require key environmental principles to be retained in primary legislation and set a brisk pace for the establishment of post-Brexit environmental watchdog. The body would have the explicit purpose of “ensuring compliance with environmental law by public authorities”.

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