Queen’s Speech: Government pledges return of Environment Bill

The new government will go ahead with plans to introduce an environmental watchdog and binding targets on issues such as air pollution, as well as following through on a controversial pledge to examine reforming judicial review, today’s Queen’s Speech confirms.

Opening parliament this morning, the Queen said her government’s priority would be to leave the EU by 31 January and to negotiate a future relationship “based on a free trade agreement that benefits the whole of the UK”.

Her speech included no new climate or environmental pledges, restating the government’s commitments to “take steps to meet the world-leading target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050” - described by prime minister Boris Johnson as “an absolute priority” - host next year’s UN climate summit in Glasgow and to introduce the Environment Bill. 

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