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Government urged to keep EU environment rules

Mary Creagh, the chairwoman of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, has written to ministers to seek assurance that they will keep the European Union’s environmental protection laws in place.

Writing to David Davis, the secretary of state for exiting the EU, and Therese Coffey, a junior minister for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Creagh called on the government to maintain support for the existing levels of environmental protection. Creagh also invited both to give evidence to the committee’s inquiry called Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum.

“There are few areas of government policy where the decision to leave the EU will have a more widespread impact than the environment,” wrote Creagh. She noted that EU membership had been crucial to improving UK air quality, reducing water pollution, managing waste, protecting biodiversity and prioritising climate change.

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