The LI, as part of the Environmental Policy Forum, calls for scrutiny of the government as it exercises ‘major executive powers’ to replace EU law
The Environmental Policy Forum (EPF), of which the LI is a member, has highlighted to members of the House of Lords the need for proper parliamentary oversight during the Brexit process.
The EPF’s submission to the House of Lords Constitution Committee Inquiry, Four concerns raised by the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, follows its warning to ministers debating the Bill in early September. It calls for scrutiny of the government as it exercises ‘major executive powers’ to repeal and replace EU legislation.
In addition, EPF members called for:
- the establishment of a new statutory expert body to take on the reporting and investigatory role currently performed by the European Commission
- the full transposition of existing EU environmental principles into UK law: the precautionary principle, the preventive principle and the polluter-pays principle
- continued collaborative working with devolved nations while they tailor environmental standards to their own needs
Earlier this month, the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) for agroecology released its report on post-Brexit trade and the impact on sustainable food and farming. The report warned against ‘negotiating away our future’, raising issues including food security, health and environmental protection, food safety, animal welfare standards, employment, sustainable production, and economic resilience.