The Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) wants an environmental watchdog to be created when the UK leaves the European Union (EU) to ensure a “green Brexit”.

In its consultation over the Environmental Principles & Governance Bill, DEFRA lays out proposals for “a world-leading body to hold government to account for environmental outcomes”.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “A new Environmental Principles and Governance Bill will ensure core environmental principles remain central to government policy and decision-making.

“This will help us to deliver a Green Brexit and the vision set out in our 25-Year Environment Plan.”

Independent scrutiny

DEFRA suggests the new body could:

● provide independent scrutiny and advice on existing and future government environmental law and policy;

● respond to complaints about government’s delivery of environmental law;

● and hold government to account publicly over its delivery of environmental law and exercising enforcement powers where necessary.

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