A recently published piece of analysis completed by Wildlife & Countryside LINK has found that the cost of dropping or weakening EU environmental laws in only 4 sectors could reach £82bn over 30 years.
There are over 1000 laws in the Retained EU Law (REUL) Bill, so the real cost of weakened protections for nature in this bill would likely be far higher. In addition, further impacts of the REUL Bill include damage to protected sites, damage to the marine environment, and the arrival of more invasive species.
It’s careless to be passing this bill without sufficiently thinking about the replacements for the scrapped laws.
You can find the report in full, as well as summary, here.