DEFRA’s Brexit bills ‘fall short’ on climate change, warns Labour

The government’s key new bills on agriculture, fisheries and the environment do not go far enough to cut carbon dioxide emissions, shadow environment secretary Luke Pollard told parliament yesterday.

“These bills form the legislative framework for fishing, farming and the environment for the next 30 years,” said Pollard during a House of Commons debate on technical legislation to extend the current system of agricultural payments until 2021.

“They come as our planet is on fire and our nation is plunging deeper into climate crisis,” he added. “Every one of these bills is an opportunity to protect our planet for the future, to cut carbon in bolder and faster ways, and to ensure that climate justice walks hand in hand with social justice… and every one of these bills falls short.”

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