Gove announces plans to launch new environmental body

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Environment secretary Michael Gove

Environment secretary Michael Gove has announced plans to establish a new environmental body following Brexit.

Promising "real bite", Gove said the body would be independent of government with an aim to hold the powerful to account.

He said: “The world-leading body…will be placed on a statutory footing, ensuring it has clear authority. Its ambition will be to champion and uphold environmental standards, always rooted in rigorous scientific evidence.”

Gove also announced the launch of a new policy statement which will set out environmental principles to guide new legislation.

This will draw on EU’s current principles and be used as a guide for future policy-making.

A consultation on the environmental body and policy statement is expected to begin next year.

On behalf of Defra, Gove said he wants to hear from as many people and organisations as possible before implementing any changes.

He added: “We have the chance to set the gold standard for environmental science and become a home to centres of environmental excellence.

“A new independent, statutory body and a strong statement of principles will ensure that outside the EU, we become the world-leading curator of the most precious asset of all: our planet.”

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