'Too much wriggle room', 'Absurd caveat' – MPs and peers set out their Environment Bill green lines

As pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Environment Bill gets under way, some MPs and peers have already set their own ‘green lines’. Where will the flashpoints arise?

Enacting a new piece of legislation can be thought of as a battle of wills. In the case of the forthcoming Environment Bill, a rallying call has already been issued in the form of a first draft and the troops are amassing. The document, published by DEFRA in December alongside a policy paper, sets out the core principles that will govern the UK’s environment after Brexit and gives the legal grounding for a new green watchdog.

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