Thursday 10 May 2018 / 4:31 PM Environment / Sue Hayman

Michael Gove is fast becoming the Secretary of State for Consultations – Sue Hayman

Sue Hayman MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, responding to the announcement of a Government consultation into the Environmental Principles and Governance Bill, said:

“We need action on environmental protection, not endless consultations. The Government’s hand has finally been forced by Labour on the issue of environmental standards post-Brexit, but this comes after they voted down crucial environmental amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill.

“Michael Gove is fast becoming the Secretary of State for Consultations, with no primary legislation brought forward by Defra since the General Election despite numerous promises and with only months to go until Britain leaves the EU.

“Labour will be pressing to ensure that the UK has equal and better environmental standards after Brexit, with an independent body with real powers to hold the Government to account.”