What does Brexit mean for the precautionary principle?

As the government prepares to plug an impending governance gap in the UK’s post-Brexit environmental regulation, Simon Pickstone looks at what is in store for the ‘precautionary principle’

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The precautionary principle guides the EU's approach to food standards, such as genetically modified foodstuff and the use of hormones in meat products

As the UK’s official withdrawal from the EU approaches, green groups are eagerly awaiting a new environmental governance and principles bill, which the government is obliged to publish before Christmas.

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