Draft Environment Bill not a blueprint for greener post-Brexit Britain
Reacting to the government’s draft environment bill, published today, Friends of the Earth’s chief executive Craig Bennett said:
“While it’s good to finally get a draft Environment Bill, it falls far short of the blueprint for a greener post-Brexit Britain repeatedly promised by Michael Gove.
“EU rules and institutions have enhanced our environmental protection for decades. But with government plans to replace them with legislation that’s riddled with loopholes and undermined by vague aspirations, it’s clear that our natural world is now far from safe.
“And to make matters worse the much-vaunted green watchdog is too weak and fitted with blunt teeth.
“There isn’t enough time to agree the tough legislation we urgently need to protect our climate and natural environment in the event of a no deal Brexit on 29 March.
“If Ministers are serious about protecting our green and precious land they must take ‘no deal’ off the table.”