Devolved nations weigh up options on green watchdog

Will Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland choose to be covered by DEFRA’s proposed post-Brexit environmental watchdog, or will they make their own arrangements? Catherine Early investigates

Roseanna Cunningham

Scottish minister Roseanna Cunningham

DEFRA’s consultation on post-Brexit environmental-governance arrangements is concerned only with environmental governance in England and reserved matters throughout the UK, for which the UK government has responsibility. It explicitly states that the proposed statutory statement of environmental principles and the new independent oversight body should cover England only. However, DEFRA’s consultation suggests that Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales could also be covered by the new body, as is already the case with the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). The statutory statement of environmental principles could also apply across the UK.

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