The Environment Bill is a key piece of legislation that will lay out a framework for environmental law and its enforcement post-Brexit. This Bill is government’s opportunity to secure a strong governance system that will help ensure environmental laws are properly implemented and complied with by all public bodies. A core component of the Bill is the creation of a new environmental watchdog – the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP). The OEP will be responsible for holding government and other public authorities to account on their compliance with environmental law. And yet, the government has recently made changes to the Bill which seriously undermine the watchdog’s independence and effectiveness. These changes threaten the OEP’s ability to contribute to environmental protection, thus jeopardising the UK government’s ability to make good on its aim to deliver the most ambitious environmental programme of any country on earth.
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