A third of EU environmental legislation cannot be ‘cut and pasted’ into UK law

A significant proportion of EU environment law cannot be directly nationalised and DEFRA needs more resources to deal with the fallout from Brexit, MPs have heard

Up to a third of EU environment-related laws cannot be cut and pasted into UK law, according to the environment secretary.

Andrea Leadsom told the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) on 25 October that, despite promises that the ‘Great Repeal Bill’ would retain all existing environmental law, a significant chunk of it would not be nationalised due to “technical issues”.

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