Gove champions green Brexit

Environmental objectives will be ‘central to the national mission’ as Britain leaves the EU, the environment secretary insists

Michael Gove has ambitious plans - but the speech was short on details. Photograph: Greg Armfield/WWFEnvironment secretary Michael Gove has nailed his colours to the environmental mast, promising that Brexit will not put Britain into the green doldrums.

In a speech tinged with history and poetry, given at the headquarters of WWF on 21 July, he promised leaving the EU was an opportunity to be “a setter of gold standards in protecting and growing natural capital, an innovator in clean, green growth and an upholder of the moral imperative to hand over our planet to the next generation in a better condition than we inherited it.”

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