Theresa May’s exit from Downing Street is set to throw deep splits within the Tory party out into the open, particularly on Brexit. But the party is also deeply divided on the environment, and the outcome of the forthcoming leadership contest - set to start the week after May is due to resign on 7 June - could have significant ramifications for environment policy.
One likely consequence of May’s exit from Number 10 is an end to Michael Gove’s tenure as environment secretary. Since his appointment, Gove has confounded the expectations of many, and is now regarded as the most effective environment secretary in many years. With Gove widely expected to stand in the forthcoming contest, it seems likely that we'll see a change at the top of both the Tory party and at DEFRA.