Withdrawal Agreement Bill could put people’s health at risk – ClientEarth lawyer

Media reaction

19 December 2019

The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, which will see its second reading in the House of Commons tomorrow, has the potential to allow government to undo current EU and UK case law on air quality, putting people’s health at risk.

A section in the Bill would leave the door open to ministers to pass regulations which would provide that any court or tribunal is not bound by existing EU case law or domestic case law relating to it.

ClientEarth lawyer Katie Nield said: “This Bill could result in people’s right to breathe clean air being cast aside, jeopardising their ability to hold the UK government to account over illegal levels of air pollution. At a time when doctors are warning that air pollution is contributing to the NHS winter crisis it is inconceivable that Boris Johnson is paving the way to wriggle out of his legal duties to protect people’s health.”

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