EU Withdrawal Act 2018 and the Environment

Dear Constituents,

Thank you for contacting me about environmental regulations.

I have always been clear on the need to ensure that our environment is protected after we leave the EU. Our natural environment is precious and fragile and I believe that we must do everything we can to ensure that it is properly managed.

The EU (Withdrawal) Act converts all EU environmental law into UK law when we leave the Union next year. The manifesto on which I and all Conservative MPs were elected last year also promised that we should be the ‘first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we inherited it in.

A consultation was launched on environmental principles and governance earlier this year and it proposed a new Environmental Principles and Governance Bill to ensure that environmental principles, such as the ‘polluter pays’ and the ‘precautionary principle’ are embedded into UK law. The Bill would also create a world-leading, independent environmental watchdog to hold the Government to account. The consultation closed on 2 August 2018 and the Government is now analysing the feedback.

I did not believe that Lord Krebs’s amendment would have been sufficient to achieve its laudable aims and I did not support it for that reason. However, I did support another amendment which puts a legal obligation on the Government to publish an Environmental Principles Bill containing nine environmental principles within 6 months of the EU (Withdrawal) Act becoming law and I was one of the original MPs calling for an independent watchdog.

No decisions have yet been taken on the UK’s future relationship with EU agencies including with the European Environment Agency. This is a matter for the negotiations.

I am a member of the Conservative Environment Network and this is a high priority for me locally.

Please note, that in the future, replies to campaign generated letters and correspondence of wider public interest will be found on my website:

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.