‘Concerning’ Brexit regulations allow change to environmental compliance tests

Regulations approved by the Commons on Tuesday could allow the government to change how compliance with a raft of EU environmental legislation is judged, observers fear.

The Environment (Legislative Functions from Directives) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 were approved without debate by 280 votes to 204, just before the Environment Bill was introduced. It was the first vote that Boris Johnson’s administration has won.

The statutory instrument’s stated aim is to give to give ministers powers currently wielded by the European Commission.

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