Tory election triumph: What’s next for environmental policy?

Following the Conservatives’ election victory, industry and green groups have turned their attention to when the government will bring back to the House of Commons its flagship pieces of environmental legislation required for when the UK leaves the EU.

The new government is expected to set out its plans for the environment in the Queen’s Speech on Thursday 19 December. A minor reshuffle is also likely this week, with bigger changes expected next year, once parliament has passed the Withdrawal Agreement Bill. 

First among these is the Environment Bill, which was unable to complete its legislative journey during the last parliamentary session. Observers will be looking for the revised version of the bill to include legally-binding short term targets to improve the state of the environment, a non-regression clause on environmental protections and a beefed-up environmental watchdog.

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