Posted on: 15/05/2018
The Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) wants an environmental watchdog to be created when the UK leaves the European Union (EU) to ensure a “green Brexit”.
In its consultation over the Environmental Principles & Governance Bill, DEFRA lays out proposals for “a world-leading body to hold government to account for environmental outcomes”.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “A new Environmental Principles and Governance Bill will ensure core environmental principles remain central to government policy and decision-making.
“This will help us to deliver a Green Brexit and the vision set out in our 25-Year Environment Plan.”
DEFRA suggests the new body could:
● provide independent scrutiny and advice on existing and future government environmental law and policy;
● respond to complaints about government’s delivery of environmental law;
● and hold government to account publicly over its delivery of environmental law and exercising enforcement powers where necessary.