Environment Bill: UK to be ‘freed from future changes’ to EU green rules

The government has pledged that the Environment Bill, which will be reintroduced to parliament today, will lay the groundwork for the UK to move away from future EU legislation.

“Our commitments to the environment will go beyond the EU’s level of ambition and – by freeing ourselves from future changes to EU law – we will be able to lead the way at home and abroad to deliver global environmental change,” DEFRA announced in a press release prior to the bill’s reintroduction.

The pledge not to align with future EU law mirrors statements made by senior ministers, including chancellor Sajid Javid, who told the FT “there will not be alignment, we will not be a ruletaker” following the end of the transition period. 

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