CLA statement on the Government’s proposal to uphold environmental standards in one body

13 November 2017

The Environment Secretary has set out intentions to form a new regulatory body to monitor and audit UK performance in meeting key environmental targets and standards once the UK has left the European Union.

CLA President Tim Breitmeyer said:

“Every business owner knows that the burdens of red tape often come not from the rules themselves but how they are interpreted. Michael Gove is right to identify the need for a rethink of how our environmental performance is monitored and our laws are overseen. Brexit presents a major opportunity to do things much better and create more flexibility to tackle the environmental challenges we face in ways that are better suited to our specific circumstances.

“A reorganisation of the green bodies is only one part of the jigsaw. A new regulator will only be effective if there is a clear policy structure and long-term budget in place to fund land management and support farmers. It is the farmers, after all, who are the ones on the ground actually doing the work to deliver the environmental enhancements that everyone wants to see. The Secretary of State’s ambitions for the environment are increasingly clear. His intentions for supporting farmers are not.”