EAC chair Mary Creagh raises concerns over post-Brexit legislation

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EAC chair and Labour MP Mary Creagh

Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee Mary Creagh has expressed concern that a ‘one in, three out’ rule could harm environmental regulations post-Brexit.

The rule, brought in by the previous government, means that three pieces of regulation are removed for every new piece brought in, yet exemptions were made in the past for EU law.

Government has suggested the rule may be enforced for future regulations.

In three letters to the ministers in the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Creagh asked if the principle will apply to creating new bodies to replace EU equivalents, the EU Withdrawal Bill and environmental measures which would previously have been exempt.

She said: “EU environmental regulations have been central to protecting our treasured natural spaces and iconic British species. As we leave the EU, we are concerned that the ‘one in, three out’ principle could have a chilling effect on future environmental laws and regulations.”

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