Environment protection: EU Law

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th January 2018.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the environmental principles contained in EU treaties that are to be retained in UK law via the EU (Withdrawal) Bill will have general application across all environmental policy areas in the UK.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

On 12 November 2017 the Secretary of State set out plans to consult early this year on the creation of a new policy statement on environmental principles to apply post EU withdrawal. This statement will set out environmental principles in one place to underpin future policy-making.

We need to consult as widely as possible on nature of the new policy statement. The proposed consultation will explore the scope and content of a new statement on environmental principles.

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