Environment secretary Michael Gove has announced plans for a “distinguished” lawyer to lead a shadow watchdog to oversee environmental protection in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Speaking in front of the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee last week, Gove was asked by the Lords asked about plans for the regulatory gap that would be […]

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Following Michael Gove’s recent appearance before the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee, it seems Defra is to assess its arms-length agencies after Brexit in a move that could see the Environment Agency merged with Natural England. Environment secretary Michael Gove said that Defra’s director general for strategy delivery Shaun Gallagher would lead the review. […]

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Michael Gove & Therese Coffey appeared before the Environment Audit Committee and their responses covered the new Environment Bill and also plans in the event of a Brexit no-deal. No surprises that in Gove’s own words these plans are ‘suboptimal’. Civil Service World ‘Environment secretary Michael Gove has admitted that the arrangements in place for […]

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Questioning goes to the heart of the provisions in the Bill on audit and the principles at the heart of sustainability and environmental management. EAC ‘The Environmental Audit Committee examines the proposed Office for Environmental Protection, the environmental principles, Environmental Improvement Plans, collaboration with the devolved administrations and no-deal preparations. Witnesses   Wednesday 20 March 2019, […]

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