Campaigners fear that the legal body designed to protect the environment on behalf of citizens is being undermined by the UK government. Ministers promised that after Brexit, laws on air, water and waste would be policed by an independent Office for Environmental Protection (OEP). Previously, these laws were enforced by European courts, which prosecuted EU governments that breached green rules. Ministers promised the OEP would be similarly independent. But they now want to grant themselves powers to “advise” the new body. These plans were revealed in a tabled amendment to the Environment Bill. Critics fear ministers may counsel the OEP against taking the government to court if it breaches laws.
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