Speed read: The environmental implications of Boris Johnson's Brexit deal

MPs are set to vote this week on prime minister Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal. Despite ministers’ assurances, some observers are concerned that its green safeguards are weaker than those contained in the deal agreed by his predecessor, Theresa May. Here's what you need to know

‘Non-regression’ commitment removed

Under the terms of Theresa May's draft withdrawal agreement, the so-called Northern Ireland backstop included a legally-binding commitment to "non-regression" in the level of environmental protection, should the UK reach the end of the transition period with no new trade deal having been agreed. The UK “shall ensure that the level of environmental protection provided by law, regulations and practices is not reduced below the level provided by the common standards applicable within the Union and the United Kingdom at the end of the transition period” in a range of areas, including industrial emissions, nature and biodiversity conservation and waste management, it had stipulated.

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