Proposal for new Environmental Protection Act welcomed by CIEH

Publication Date: 9th January 2017

Subject: Environmental protection

Following the publication of the Environmental Audit Committee’s report into the future of the natural environment after the EU Referendum, Tony Lewis, CIEH’s Head of Policy said:  

“It doesn’t matter where the legislation originally comes from. The key point is that existing regulations that protect our environment and maintain high food standards must be safeguarded at all costs as it has a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of everyone in the country.

“Brexit has indeed presented us with a unique opportunity to improve and shape new legislation on our own terms, using existing EU regulations as a good starting point. The call from the committee for a new Environmental Protection Act is a step in the right direction, recognising the context has fundamentally shifted in the past 30 years.”

Tony Lewis added: “Any new legislation needs to be fit for purpose for today’s challenges, it must be implemented before negotiations on Brexit are concluded and Britain formally leaves the EU and it must also have sufficient levels of resources. It is therefore going to be crucial that Defra has a seat at the table when it comes to Brexit negotiations to ensure this becomes a reality and not a pipe dream.”


Notes to editors 

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Link to Environmental Audit Committee’s report ‘The Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum’: 

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Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.  

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