This week’s King’s Speech set out the government’s priorities for the next parliamentary year and is the final legislative programme before the next general election. It includes plans for new oil and gas drilling licences in the North Sea, contrary to advice from climate scientists, the International Energy Agency and many others, and despite the […]

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The government has published the list of 600 EU laws it plans to scrap by the end of the year in a much-reduced Brussels “bonfire”. In a significant retreat on its retained EU law bill, the government has slashed the number of environmental laws that would have automatically expired on 31 December from 1,700 to […]

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MCS   Alice Watson, public affairs assistant at the Marine Conservation Society, discusses the Fisheries Bill and its key provisions.  What is the history of the Bill? The Fisheries Bill will be the UK’s first domestic fisheries legislation in over 40 years. Upon leaving the EU, the UK will become an independent coastal state in charge […]

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Environment Secretary says government commitment to improving environment means leaving ‘the statute book in a better state than we inherited it’ Businessgreen Commentary   Environment Secretary Michael Gove has acknowledged the government’s green ambitions will need “legislative underpinning”, giving his clearest indication yet new UK laws and standards may be on their way as part of […]

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The number of pieces of Environmental legislation   According to Caroline Lucas reported in the Guardian, a report* by the House of Commons library there are 1,100 pieces of environmental legislation, this is up on the ‘800’ Andrea Leadsom told the Environmental Audit Committee. Links to the report* are not in the Guardian article and I […]

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