Government waters down green non-regression pledge

The government appears to have weakened its pledge to introduce a legally-binding commitment to uphold environmental standards after the UK leaves the EU.

In a letter published in the Telegraph, environment minister Rebecca Pow has said that the government “has no intention” of watering down green protections after Brexit and that prime minister Boris Johnson “has committed to review how we could bring a non-regression provision on environmental protections into British law”.

However, the wording appears to be weaker than what Pow told MPs during the second reading of the Environment Bill, when she simply said that Johnson “is committed to a non-regression provision on environmental protection in legislation”.

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