🚨🚨🌳🐟🏞⚖️⚖️⚖️🚨🚨NEW: UK post-Brexit green watchdog will be weaker than EU predecessor, warns law body via @FT me and ⁦@CamillaHodgson⁩ — more questions over U.K. promising big on green issues after #Brexit…but not delivering. /1
The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law said the government’s plans for the new watchdog featured in the environment bill, would “undermine the rule of law” because they stopped courts from imposing penalties for illegal pollution and other breaches in most cases./2
You can read the Bingham Centre report here. /3

Hatti Owens, a lawyer at environmental law group ClientEarth, @ClientEarth said the proposals would “render the court’s decisions [on breaches of law] almost entirely useless”. /4
The environment secretary will also be able to give the OEP guidance on its enforcement work, which the watchdog must “have regard” for.

All a far cry from @michaelgove promise to create an independent body that would “hold the powerful to account” /5

The bill was debated in Lords on Monday where peers castigated this “hobbled regulator”/6
Defra @DefraGovUK said the environment bill would “ensure the independence of the OEP, so the new body will have the power to scrutinise environmental policy and law, investigate complaints and take enforcement action”.

Make of that what you will. /7
You might recall this thread on U.K. approach to fishing sustainability…more disappointing reality, after the rhetoric. ENDS

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With help from: @instituteforgov @AlexanderPHRose
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