11 January, 2018
Greener UK reacts to 25 Year Environment Plan
Amy Mount, head of the Greener UK Unit
It is reassuring for the Prime Minister to confirm that environmental standards will not be weakened after Brexit. The 25-year plan can only be successful if it builds on the vital environmental protections we already enjoy, such as those that have given us cleaner air and water.
The government has pledged to look into creating an independent environmental watchdog, and to update its environment plan every five years and measure its progress annually. These are welcome commitments that, with firmer targets, can help forge a green Brexit.
We also urge the government to cement its green ambitions in law with an environment act, and provide legislative footing for fundamental environmental principles such as the precautionary principle that are currently absent from the Withdrawal Bill.