Habitats Directives ‘should be maintained and enforced’ post-Brexit, say pro-deregulation MPs

A cross-party group of MPs set up to consider opportunities to cut red tape arising from Brexit has come out in favour of “maintaining and enforcing” EU laws aimed at protecting wildlife

Great crested newt
The Habitats Directives aims to protect habitats and species such as the great crested newt

A cross-party group of MPs set up to consider opportunities to cut red tape arising from Brexit has come out in favour of “maintaining and enforcing” EU laws aimed at protecting wildlife.

The Red Tape Initiative (RTI), chaired by Conservative backbencher Oliver Letwin, says its purpose is to “identify the most important, least controversial opportunities for cutting red tape in a post-Brexit world”.  

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