Why Brexit risks trashing the UK’s green protections

Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to become the next prime minister, has promised that the UK will leave the EU by 31 October, “do or die”. And while he has tempered his enthusiasm for leaving without a deal, saying the odds of crashing out were “a million-to-one against”, he has pointedly refused to rule it out.

It is the stuff of nightmares for green groups, concerned that the immediate disruption caused by leaving without a deal would undo decades of action to improve the state of the environment. 

In its latest Brexit ‘risk tracker’, the environmental coalition Greener UK warned no area of environmental policy is safe, with the incomplete state of future environmental laws a key source of concern. It noted that progress has stalled on the key primary legislation, principally the Environment Bill, which has yet to be presented to parliament. 

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