Little business interest in rolling back EU’s environment powers

David Cameron said in January that Europe had gone “far too far” on environmental legislation, but business does not appear to agree

There appears to be little appetite among business for the UK to take back environment and climate powers from the EU, according to responses to a joint DECC–DEFRA consultation.

But there is a desire for EU rules to be more flexible and include “get outs” if they impose disproportionate costs.

In May, DECC and DEFRA issued a consultation asking whether the UK’s national interest would be better served by the EU having fewer, or more, powers on environment and climate policy.

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