Gove to announce interim green governance commissioner ‘shortly’

DEFRA has appointed an official to record breaches of environmental law until the post-Brexit green watchdog is up and running and will make a public announcement about the appointment “shortly”, according to environment secretary Michael Gove.

Speaking to MPs on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Gove said he did not expect any major governance gap if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, thanks in part to an interim secretariat that will operate until the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) is established.

“That individual, until t

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