Press release dated 20 December 2018

 

UKELA, the independent association of environmental lawyers, consultants and other specialists, welcomes the draft Environment (Principles & Governance) Bill clauses presented to Parliament yesterday by Defra as part of, what it describes, as the creation of a robust new system of green governance.

The draft Bill provides for setting up a world-leading environmental body, the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP), to uphold standards as we leave the EU. It also establishes a clear set of environmental principles to guide policymaking, as well as placing the government's 25 Year Environment Plan on a statutory footing. Defra was required to publish the draft clauses by Boxing Day under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and follows its consultation earlier in 2018.

Begonia Filgueira, Co-Chair of UKELA’s Brexit Task Force noted:

“At first glance, the draft Bill appears to cover many of the areas of law and policy change considered over the summer. UKELA will be publishing a report in due course scrutinising the effectiveness of the current Bill, and any further additions, in line with the Government's policy post Brexit.”

Angus Evers, Co-Chair of UKELA’s Brexit Task Force added that:

“The opportunities for developing environmental law and policy after Brexit are significant. The draft Bill is a bold attempt at ensuring that the UK’s environmental standards do not slip, but are maintained and even enhanced.”

Peter Harvey, Chair of UKELA Brexit Task Force Sub-Group stated that:

“We are studying the draft Bill closely and welcome the opportunity for debate and discussion on its contents over the coming weeks and months. UKELA has organised a half-day conference jointly with ClientEarth and WWF on this important topic at UCL on 14 January 2019. This will help inform the discussion on and development of the Bill.”

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