May confirms government will introduce environment bill

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Theresa May said the bill will address Brexit opportunities

Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed the government is planning to introduce an environment bill.

Speaking at the Liason Committee of Select Committee Chairs earlier this week (18 July), May said she wanted to bring forward a bill that would incorporate a range of issues.

Though she did not address the key aspects of the bill, she insisted it would “address some of the opportunities we think will be available to us when we leave the EU.”

She also stressed that environmental issues will need to be addresses across multiple departments and are “not just an issue for Defra”.

There has not been an Environment Act since 1995.

Environment secretary Michael Gove voiced his support for the new bill.

He said: "[The] announcement that this government will bring forward the first environment bill in over 20 years builds on the vision we set out in our 25 Year Environment Plan to leave our precious environment in a better state than we found it.

"This bill is another key step towards achieving a Green Brexit and it will help to ensure Britain can be cleaner and greener for future generations."

May refused to say whether the proposed post-Brexit environmental watchdog would have the power to take government to court and pointed to the ongoing consultation.

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