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Laws to move through with Brexit

Friday, 30 June 2017

Laws to move through with Brexit

The re-election of a Conservative government, albeit with DUP support, looks set to mean that UK policy on Brexit and the environment will continue as planned ahead of the General Election.

On the ground this will mean that existing laws, and most importantly the Landfill Directive, get carried into the Repeal Bill which formed the centrepiece of June’s Queen’s Speech.

The Conservative government had already indicated that it would carry environment law over along with all existing EU legislation to ensure a smooth path after Brexit.

In her speech to Parliament, Her Majesty, said: “My government’s priority is to secure the best possible deal as the country leaves the European Union. My ministers are committed to working with Parliament, the devolved administrations, business and others to build the widest possible consensus on the country’s future outside the European Union.

“A bill will be introduced to repeal the European Communities Act and provide certainty for individuals and businesses. This will be complemented by legislation to ensure that the United Kingdom makes a success of Brexit, establishing new national policies on immigration, international sanctions, nuclear safeguards, agriculture, and fisheries.”

One interesting appointment in the new Cabinet was Michael Gove to the post of Secretary of State for the Environment. Mr Gove, famous for controversial actions as Education Secretary, has described himself as a ‘shy’ green but his appointment does mean a more heavyweight politician is in the environment sector.

As for, the recycling sector specifically, it has kept the same minister, Dr Therese Coffey, a Liverpool FC fan and MP for the coastal constituency in Suffolk.

Dr Coffey has so far shown little appetitive to make many changes in recycling policy and her main work is expected to focus on helping Michael Gove with his Brexit work.

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