What would the Brexit withdrawal agreement mean for the environment?

With Westminster in chaos, the future of the UK’s post-Brexit environmental protections remain shrouded in uncertainty. Simon Pickstone examines what we know so far

Brexit illustration: one jigsaw piece with EU flag and one with Union Jack. Photograph: Alessandro Bianco/123RF
With a draft Brexit withdrawal agreement now published, will the UK parliament and EU member states sign off on the deal?

A long-awaited draft Brexit withdrawal agreement finally saw the light of day this week after months of fraught negotiations. Its impact in Westminster has already been explosive. MPs from all parties have expressed their opposition, while several high-profile ministers have resigned, including Brexit secretary Dominic Raab.

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