Villiers: New regulatory regime could be on the cards after Brexit

New environmental and farm rules that diverge from EU regulations could be put in place once the UK leaves the bloc, but the UK will not lower its green standards, environment secretary Theresa Villiers has signalled.

Speaking to the House of Commons Environment Food and Rural Affairs committee this afternoon, Villiers said there will be no lowering of environmental and farm standards in pursuit of trade deals when the UK leaves the EU, but added that “a commitment to maintain high standards does not mean keeping forever to the same EU laws”.

It is the first time an environment secretary has spoken publicly about the possibility of diverging from EU rules after Brexit. Villiers said that “one of the advantages of leaving the EU is to be able to tailor a regulatory regime, which is much better suited to our domestic circumstances”. 

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