As the UK prepares to leave the EU, conservationists are looking carefully at the publication of the Repeal Bill as the first step to bringing certainty to our environmental legislative framework as we exit the European Union.
Europe's largest conservation charity, the RSPB, is calling for more clarity from the Government on how it plans to effectively enforce and regulate the environmental legislation it will be transferring from Europe through the Repeal Bill.
Martin Harper RSPB's director for global conservation said: "There is a real opportunity to achieve the UK Government's aspiration to be a world leader in environmental protection, with benefits for our wildlife and communities. European legislation and enforcement has helped protect some of our most iconic species and landscapes, keeping our beaches free of sewage and urging us to clean up our water and air.
"As well as ensuring that vital environmental legislation is transferred into domestic law with the necessary support and infrastructure needed to implement the intent, scope and ambition of the laws. We want to see principles such as 'polluter pays' set out in law as well as ensuring there are enforcement powers so punishments can be handed out to anyone who would damage our environment.
"Unfortunately the Repeal Bill does not provide much certainty as to how we can ensure that we can secure and properly enforce the important environmental standards and principles that we need to deliver the Government's ambition to leave the natural environment in a better state than we inherited it."
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