Do DEFRA’s post-Brexit compliance regulations represent a ‘power grab’?

A “pile of vomit” is a phrase rarely used in parliament, but Labour MP Luke Pollard used exactly that to describe legislation that passed the Commons last week.

It was a comment on the statutory instrument (SI) before him, The Environment (Legislative Functions from Directives) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 – a “mess of inconsistency”, in the words of Baroness Young. The legislation represents “a power grab by ministers, potentially enabling them to reduce current EU environmental protections by amending their own duties, standards and monitoring requirements, in particular for toxic emissions,” Pollard said in July’s Delegated Legislation Committee meeting.

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