‘Playing with fire:’ Scrapping rules to keep rivers clean after Brexit stirs up Tory rebellion 01/03/2023
Ministers have refused to rule out scrapping EU regulations that protect swimmers and wildlife.
Is Brexit bad for the environment? 08/02/2023
REUL: Scant time remains to assess which former EU legislation to keep, amend or revoke – and the environment is likely to pay the price. / While we were EU members, the UK adopted some legislation created by the EU. Jacob Rees-Mogg called them “diktats” and promised that after Brexit we’d “take back control of our laws”. This is disingenuous: the UK was fully involved in drawing up EU law.
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.
The director general of the National Trust said that investment zones ‘represent a free-for-all for nature and heritage’.
Brexit bonfire of environment regulations will kill otters, dolphins and birds, warn conservationists 23/09/2022
Government’s plan to ‘streamline’ environmental regulations could put dormice, porpoises and bats under threat.
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.
The UK's largest environmental charities have slammed the government for not doing enough to encourage an uptake in nature-friendly farming methods to tackle climate change.
The so-called “green Brexit” promised by the government has not been delivered, a coalition of environment groups says.
Charles Michel says British ‘face a dilemma’ over whether to lower regulatory standards.
Environmentalists raise concerns Government is ‘watering down’ plans for green Brexit and recovery 20/07/2020
Environment Secretary George Eustice sought to reassure campaigners, but fears Government will let green standards slide remain.
Many environmental regulations based on EU law, Institute of European Environmental Policy warns.
Secret Brexit legislation around environmental protections ‘must be revealed by government’ 12/08/2019
‘Releasing information for public scrutiny is a key pillar of our democracy,’ says Greenpeace
Environmental standards are at risk across the board, from wildlife and habitats to water and air quality, a risk assessment shows
Turtles, whales and birds under threat as UK overseas territories face loss of conservation money after Brexit 09/09/2018
'We have very few pots of money open to us. The EU has stepped up to try to address this void and we are worried that Brexit will take us backwards'
No-deal Brexit will compromise ‘last line of defence’ for UK’s threatened habitats, campaigners warn 27/01/2019
Nation’s largest wetland among protected sites in danger, with European authorities able to intervene when other legal challenges have failed.