Last year the NELNP contributed to the Environment Audit Committee’s consultation on ‘The Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum’. The full review is now available online via http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmenvaud/599/59902.htm
- In order to meet its manifesto commitment to “be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than it found it”, the Government must, before triggering Article 50, commit to legislating for a new Environmental Protection Act, ensuring that the UK has an equivalent or better level of environmental protection as in the EU.
- Avoid zombie legislation. The Government should guarantee that it will not trade away environmental protections, animal welfare and food safety standards, as part of the negotiations to leave, or as part of future trade deals.
- Making the CAP replacement work for nature and not just as a source of income for farmers, as currently CAP has a lack of clear objectives and doesn’t integrate across all land management systems.
- Critical of Defra 25 year plan treating nature and agriculture separately.
- Defra needs more staff to support this process.