Boris Johnson commits to environmental ‘non-regression’

Prime minister Boris Johnson has pledged to introduce a legally-binding commitment that the government will not reduce green protections after Brexit.

His comments came during a high-stakes debate in the House of Commons yesterday that ended with a vote to reject the government’s agenda for scrutinising the Withdrawal Agreement Bill by Thursday, a timescale many MPs had criticised as insufficient given the import of the legislation

Speaking before the vote, Johnson told Labour MP Caroline Flint, who has come out in favour of his deal, that he would commit to introducing a non-regression clause on environmental protections in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill. 

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