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Brexit: Environment watchdog planned says Gove

Brexit: Environment watchdog planned says Gove

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A new environment watchdog to protect UK wildlife, land, water and air once Britain leaves the European Union is being planned by the government.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the body would hold the powerful to account and deliver a green Brexit.The plans come amid concerns that environmental regulations enshrined in EU law could be lost after Brexit.Mr Gove told the Andrew Marr Show standards would not be sacrificed as part of a potential US free trade deal.Wildlife prioritisedMr Gove wants the watchdog to be independent of government - able to speak its mind freely, he said, with clear legal authority.Writing in The Telegraph, he said the watchdog would have "real bite" but did not outline exact planned powers.He said it was important that environmental enforcement and policym...
Farm subsidies 'must be earned' – Michael Gove

Farm subsidies 'must be earned' – Michael Gove

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Farm subsidies will have to be earned rather than just handed out in future, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said in a speech.Farmers will only get payouts if they agree to protect the environment and enhance rural life, he will say.The move is part of what he calls his vision for a "green Brexit".Farmers’ leaders want the current £3bn total to be spent on the environment, more infrastructure to develop farm businesses, and promoting British food.The government has promised to keep overall payments at the same level until 2022.The Tenant Farmers' Association - which represents tenant farmers in England and Wales - has called for the same amount of money to remain after that time.Under the EU's current Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), farmers are paid based on the amount of land