DEFRA vs Treasury: Who will win the battle over environmental standards?

As ministers battle it out over the UK’s Brexit strategy, reports have emerged that the Treasury is undermining DEFRA’s environmental ambitions. Simon Pickstone investigates

The Treasury, headquartered in Westminster, is weighing in on many areas of environmental policy
Recent reports suggest that parts of the Treasury (above) are opposed to including legally binding environmental targets in the upcoming Environment Bill

With Theresa May’s cabinet split on virtually every aspect of Brexit, it should come as no surprise that the UK’s future food and environmental standards are the subject of a fierce debate – one that has come to the fore in recent weeks.

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