Brexit EU Withdrawal Bill is inadequate, says environmental groups

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Leading environmental groups have warned that the EU Withdrawal Bill “gravely threatens” Michael Gove’s green Brexit vision.

In letters to Michael Gove and David Davis, the group of environmental scientists, engineers, ecologists and water and waste experts warned that the Bill fails to provide for parliamentary scrutiny of the raft of changes required.

They argued there is not enough provision to make environmental laws function, protect environmental improvement plans or ensure there is framework for independent scrutiny of government’s environmental performance.

It is now calling for a new independent body to be established to provide the kind of scrutiny currently supplied by the European Commission.

Will Pope, environmental policy forum chair, said: “Plans without appropriate tools and measures for delivery and scrutiny will be doomed to failure.

“Brexit offers certain opportunities to manage our environment in a more effective manner yet it also presents real risks that measures which have achieved cleaner rivers, seas, towns and cities could be eroded.”

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