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There were sighs of relief in many quarters when it was announced that the British government was not going ahead with plans for a wholesale bonfire of EU regulation.
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.
Brexit bonfire of EU laws could let water companies conceal sewage discharges, campaigners warn 14/03/2023
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.
‘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.
Brexit law bonfire could cost put environment at risk and cost tens of billions of pounds, nature groups warn 19/01/2023
Nature organisations have hit out at legislation that they say could lead to the loss of important environmental protections and cost the UK tens of billions of pounds.
Ministers are facing a clash with opposition and Conservative MPs over their plans to scrap EU-era laws copied over to UK law after Brexit.
There are more EU era environmental laws to review after Brexit than had been previously known, the environment secretary has suggested.
Michael Gove has failed to name a single change from Brexit that has “made business easier”, as criticism of the economic harm from the trade deal grows.
Post-Brexit delay on air quality standards condemns more London children to breathing toxic air 15/11/2022
Ministers were accused on Tuesday of condemning another generation of children to breathing toxic air in London and other parts of Britain by setting a target to tackle it only by 2040.
Opposition to the retained EU law bill is mounting, as the government discovers the importance and popularity of EU law.
Londoners’ lives put at risk by Government’s bungled post-Brexit targets to tackle toxic air, warns watchdog 01/11/2022
Londoners’ lives are being put at risk by the Government’s bungled post-Brexit targets to tackle toxic air, a watchdog warned on Tuesday.
Powers passed to help in dealing with the impact of Brexit are being used for the first time to ensure Scotland’s drinking water aligns with standards set by the European Union.
A bill to remove EU-derived laws that include 570 environmental regulations will cause serious ecological harm, charities and MPs have warned.
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.
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.
Brussels official says UK has ‘non-regression obligation’ to protect waters as part of trade deal.
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.
'Brexit to blame' for UK’s sewage problems 22/08/2022
"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."
British beaches inundated with sewage while water quality across the EU dramatically improves 22/08/2022
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."
Jacob Rees-Mogg issues plea to readers of The Sun to flag possible Brexit benefits to him 10/02/2022
Jacob Rees-Mogg has issued a plea to readers of a tabloid newspaper to write to him if they can identify any possible benefits of Brexit.
'Global Britain' could increase emissions by the equivalent of 44,000 transatlantic flights, research found.
Findings cast doubt on Boris Johnson commitment to climate action ahead of key summit, Commission claims.
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.