Will Boris Johnson ditch EU green rules after Brexit?

With a large majority, the new Conservative government is moving full steam ahead with its plans for a hard Brexit. But does it plan to turn the UK into a ‘Singapore-on-Thames’ in the process? Simon Pickstone investigates

Since its election victory in December, the new Conservative government has given little indication it intends to negotiate a trade deal with the EU that would keep it aligned with Brussels’ environmental rules.

Prime minister Boris Johnson has promised a – largely symbolic – change to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill that would make it illegal to ask for an extension to the free trade talks, prompting European Commission officials to suggest they would limit the scope of the topics to be discussed.

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