UK may not keep EU environment laws post-Brexit, MPs told

The UK Government cannot rule out diverging from EU environmental laws transposed into UK law post-Brexit, new Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers told MPs.

While answering questions from MPs over the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ preparedness for Brexit, Villers said: “We are committed to maintaining the same high standards and outcomes but the means by which we deliver those standards and outcomes may diverge from the EU over time. There are different ways to get the same result. We’re determined to retain the highest standards, but we may well take a different view in the future over how best to deliver those, because there may be mechanisms better suited to deliver those domestically.”

Continuing, Villiers stated that the way the EU goes about enforcing standards can be “sub-optimal” and it is “misguided” to think the EU will always have the best answers, saying that Brexit will allow the UK to tailor regulatory systems best suited to its domestic context.