UK Government urged to outline post-Brexit environmental plans
The UK Government has been urged to outline its post-Brexit environmental plans. This is according to a letter addressed to David Davis, the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, by Mary Creagh, the Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC's) Chairperson.
The committee wants the Government to maintain the current level of environmental protection as stipulated in European Union laws. It also wants the Government to explain its approach regarding the same matter during the EU exit negotiations.
In the EAC’s letter, Ms Creagh argued that the UK benefited environmentally from its EU membership, adding that the sector is anxious to know the fate of the UK’s large chunk of environmental law anchored on the EU.
“It is crucial that the Government demonstrates its commitment to environmental protection at an early stage in the exit negotiations,” said Ms Creagh. “We would like to know what enforcement mechanisms and changes to regulatory regimes are planned.”
She added that at the minimum, the UK Government has to commit itself to maintaining the current environmental law.
In its 20th July letter to the new Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Therese Coffey, the EAC asked both ministers to table evidence before the House of Commons select committee in September.
This follows the EAC’s inquiry into the future of the UK’s natural environment following the country’s June decision to quit the EU.
The EAC is mandated with examining the impact of Government policies on environmental protection and sustainable development. It also audits their success regarding environmental protection and sustainable development targets.
The committee’s inquiry is expected to end on 9th September, after which it will prepare a report that may contribute to the shaping of the Government’s post-Brexit approach to formulation of environmental policies.
Published by Green Jobs Online - 29th July 2016