Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) chair Mary Creagh has urged ministers to prioritise environmental laws as part of EU exit negotiations.
Labour MP Creagh (above) wrote to newly appointed EU exit secretary David Davis and environment minister Therese Coffey, calling on the Government to match the EU level of environmental protection after the UK leaves.
In near identical letters, she requested that both give evidence on the Government’s approach to negotiations around the circular economy package.
“There are few areas of Government policy where the decision to leave the EU will have a more widespread impact than the environment,” both letters read.
“It is crucial that the Government demonstrates its commitment to environmental protection at an early stage in the exit negotiations.
“My committee believes the Government should, as a minimum, commit to maintaining in law the existing level of environmental protection currently guaranteed by EU law.
“We would like to know what enforcement mechanisms and changes to regulatory regimes are planned.”
The letters come after the EAC launched an inquiry into the future of the natural environment after the EU referendum.
They mention a recent EAC inquiry into EU and UK environmental policy, which concluded that European policy had been a positive influence on domestic laws.
Coffey (below) replaced former resources minister Rory Stewart in Defra, which has yet to confirm she will be taking over his brief.
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