10 key things that happened this week

10 of the biggest stories from the past week: Boris Johnson commits to environmental ‘non-regression’; Former Gove adviser accuses government of Environment Bill ‘power grab’; Withdrawal Agreement Bill could set a course for green divergence, critics fear.

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 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 importance of the legislation. MORE

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