What the Brexit white paper means for the environment

The government has proposed its future relationship with the EU should include a ‘non-regression’ clause to maintain standards, but what form would this take and how would it be enforced? Simon Pickstone reports

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A non-regression clause could expose the UK to legal action over a block on hormone-treated beef

In the turmoil surrounding the UK government’s Brexit negotiating position, environmental concerns have received little air time. But the government has tried to offer reassurance that it will seek to uphold high levels of environmental protections after Brexit in its white paper setting out a proposed future relationship with the EU.

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