Fighting zombie legislation: latest Commons EAC report
- Environmental legislation is still at risk
Environmental legislation, even with the Great Repeal Bill, could become ‘zombie legislation‘, not properly enforceable nor able to be revised. While the Great Repeal Bill addresses some regulatory gaps, up to a third of EU environmental legislation is hard to transpose and the underpining governance arrangements also need to be replaced. The MPs argue a new Environment Protection Act is needed to fill these gaps.
- Lack of clarity of government policy
While we hear much about the lack of clarity of Brexit negotiation goals overall, there is also no clear objectives for agriculture or the environment — the 25 year plans have long been promised but not yet delivered. There is also no clear answers to need for coordination on environmental matters between devolved administrations and Westminster.
- Farmers at risk from Brexit
EUrefEnv authors have contributed to the report, giving both written and oral evidence, which were both cited in the final report. In the summary and discussion around the report, the idea of UK environmental legislation becoming ‘zombie legislation’ is repeatedly mentioned. EUrefEnv Andy Jordan first developed this idea of zombie legislation in his evidence to the House of Lords EU Select Committee in July and then in a blog post for the Environmentalist the following month.