The future of the UK’s marine life is at stake as the government draws up plans for a new Brexit fisheries bill. ClientEarth is urging people to have their say, by sending a letter to environment secretary Michael Gove and responding to a public consultation.
The government has promised sustainable fisheries and better monitoring of fishing activity and enforcement of laws after Brexit, but no concrete plans for how these goals will be delivered.
The EU environmental principles offer protection to our natural world. They act as guidance for judges and decision-makers, giving laws shape and meaning. But what will happen to the environmental principles after Brexit?
The House of Commons has passed a government amendment about environmental principles and a new green watchdog in the EU Withdrawal Bill, which could weaken protection for the environment in this country.
Environmental lawyers ClientEarth outline the legal powers the new green watchdog will need to uphold environmental law and build on EU enforcement mechanisms after Brexit.