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Environment Protection: EU Law

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 49749, tabled on 8 September 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department will take to (a) strengthen environmental protections as part of any review into retained EU law and regulations and (b) ensure the UK maintains comparable levels of environmental protections with the EU.

Answered on

23 September 2022

In reviewing retained EU law, Defra’s aim is to ensure that environmental law is fit for purpose and able to drive improved environmental outcomes, whilst also ensuring regulators can deliver efficiently. This will ensure the UK regulatory framework is appropriate and tailored to the UK.

The UK is a world leader in environmental protection and the Government has clear environmental and climate goals, such as those set out in the Environment Act, the 25 Year Environment Plan and the Net Zero Strategy respectively. We are committed to delivering our legally binding target to halt nature’s decline by 2030. Any changes to environmental regulation will need to support those goals as well as our international commitments including those with the EU.

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