Government confirms commitment to binding environmental non-regression

Prime minister Boris Johnson will seek to introduce into law a provision stopping future governments from lowering environmental standards after Brexit, MPs heard yesterday.

Addressing parliament at the end of the second reading of the Environment Bill, DEFRA minister Rebecca Pow assured MPs that Brexit “does not change the UK’s ambition on the environment”. The prime minister, she added, “has recognised the strength of feeling on this issue and he is committed to a non-regression provision on environmental protection in legislation”. 

Johnson had told parliament last week that he could commit to a non-regression clause, although questions remained over the precise nature of his commitment. 

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