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Exclusive: Britain is falling behind the bloc on almost every area of green regulation, analysis reveals.
Farmers will no longer have to follow EU regulations in areas such as reducing agricultural runoff into rivers.
The UK's Environment Information Regulations have enabled researchers and campaigners to force water firms to publish data on river pollution, but they may be scrapped as part of the Brexit process.
The Environmental Information Regulation allows the public to demand data from private water companies, but it is at risk of being scrapped by the Government.
One of the supposed ‘benefits’ of Brexit was the ‘bonfire of Brussels red-tape‘ which was promised by libertarian Brexiteers. Two weeks into the administration of Liz Truss, the new government announced that they were planning to revoke 570 environmental laws which, in order to continue environmental protections, were rolled over from EU law after Brexit.
Campaigners say revoking of post-Brexit protections amounts to legislative vandalism. / Hundreds of Britain’s environmental laws covering water quality, sewage pollution, clean air, habitat protections and the use of pesticides are lined up for removal from UK law under a government bill.
Brussels official says UK has ‘non-regression obligation’ to protect waters as part of trade deal.
A resurfaced Parliament clip from 2019 shows the moment Theresa May confirms to Zac Goldsmith that Brexit won't cause environmental standards in the UK to slip.
The UK is threatening health and marine life on the French coast by allowing raw sewage to be dumped in the Channel and North Sea, say three Euro MPs.
"You have to blame the government for this whole sorry mess. The industry is out of control and it's our rivers and beaches that are picking up the tab for that profiteering."
Water companies in the UK have been accused of failing to monitor the amount of sewage pumped into the sea at popular beaches across the country.
"Just 25 years ago one in four British beaches were too dirty to swim in. Now 95 per cent of our beaches have a clean bill of health."
Across the world, there is incomprehension at what we have done to ourselves.
Filth spewing into a picturesque stretch of U.K. coastline is far from the image of post-Brexit Britain that Boris Johnson wants to portray.
Zac Goldsmith’s claims that Brexit could help the environment have been utterly demolished this week.
As sewage pours into the sea along England’s south coast, eagle-eyed commentators are flashing back to environment minister Zac Goldsmith that environmental regulations wouldn’t be weakened after Brexit.
IN September 2019, the UK Government made public its list of “reasonable worst case assumptions” in the wake of a no-deal Brexit.
Reckless cuts and the impact of Brexit have left rivers dangerously polluted.
Wastewater plants in England offered waiver because of impact of lorry driver crisis.
The supply chain crisis has sparked a relaxation of rules on dumping waste water.
Supply chain disruption leading to fears of water treatment chemical shortage.
Huge sections of the UK coastline were too polluted for swimming until EU legal action forced the government to clean up.
The negotiations which will set our relationship with our closest neighbours for the next generation are being rushed in a reckless game of chicken.