MPs blast Environment Bill as ‘significant regression’ on EU standards

The draft Environment Bill in its current form would fail to uphold the UK’s current green protections, in some cases marking “a significant regression”, according to parliament's EFRA Committee

Concluding its inquiry into the draft bill, the committee says that measures to introduce a new green watchdog and include EU environmental principles in domestic law “are not equivalent to the current environmental protections provided by membership of the EU”.

The committee recommends that the government strengthens the role of the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP), the future green watchdog, by providing it with “further compliance tools beyond review in the courts”. That could include the power to issue emergency measures and enforce government targets on climate change as well as on the environment.

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