APPG Briefing on the Precautionary Principle: Lords and the EU (Withdrawal) Bill

A briefing I delivered to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology in March 2018.

You can access the briefing here.

"The APPG on Agreocology for Sustainable Food and Farming is pleased to have provided a briefing, written in collaboration with Dr Rupert Read of the University of East Anglia, on the importance of maintaining the Precautionary Principle after the UK leaves the European Union.

Our briefing has been provided to Peers who will be speaking in the Committee Stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, in the House of Lords, in support of amendments 66, 112 & 113.

The APPG on Agreocology supports amendments 66, 112 and 113 because these would enshrine the Government’s stated intentions with regards to the various environmental principles. We fear that without these amendments there would be gaps in the body of UK environmental law.  To ensure that environmental protections continue to be applied and developed, the APPG for Agreocology believes that EU environmental law and principles need to be converted into domestic legislation.

The APPG believes that for Britain to be an environmental leader post-Brexit, the proposed statutory environmental regulator should have the precautionary principle firmly embedded in its terms of reference and duties.

There is strong cross party consenus on the need to ensure that robust environmental governance is in place as we depart from the EU, these amendments help meet that objective.

The briefing has been attached below."