White elephants and ‘swimming pools for newts’

Boris Johnson has today been elected leader of the Conservative Party. To help you get a handle on what to expect, ENDS has compiled an up-to-date list of his past statements on some of the biggest environmental issues of our time.

Planning and EIA

Johnson has suggested simplifying environmental impact assessments after Brexit. Speaking in February at the think tank Policy Exchange, he suggested Brexit would enable the UK to “do our own thing” beyond the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

He said: “We might decide that it was indeed absolutely necessary for every environmental impact assessment to monitor two life cycles of the snail or to build special swimming pools for newts – not all of which they use in my experience – but it would at least be our decision to do that.”

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