Johnson’s Brexit plan ‘pretty grim’ for the environment

Johnson's Brexit proposals could weaken environmental protections, say critics, while green issues were left as a footnote in prime minister Boris Johnson’s party conference speech.

Johnson focused on his new plan, put to Brussels at the same time, to effectively ditch the green measures in the earlier Withdrawal Agreement drafted by Theresa May’s administration. He described his new plan as constructive, reasonable and “a compromise for both sides”.

The plan would, in essence, see Northern Ireland maintain alignment with EU rules for goods and agricultural produce but no more. The currently seamless border would become the junction of two separate customs territories, though, “We will under no circumstances have checks at or near the border in Northern Ireland,” Johnson insisted. Northern Ireland’s Executive and Assembly, neither of which is currently functioning, would be able to veto the arrangements once every four years.

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