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UK Government publishes Brexit White Paper

UK Government publishes Brexit White Paper

02 Feb 2017

The UK Government has published a White Paper - The United Kingdom's exit from and new partnership with the European Union - intended to provide Parliament and the country with a clear vision of what they are seeking to achieve in negotiating the UK's exit from, and new partnership with, the European Union.

The paper says that leaving the EU will enable the Government to "deliver ... a cleaner, healthier environment" and "a cleaner, healthier and more productive marine environment." The paper also maintains the Government's commitment to "ensuring we become the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it. We will use the Great Repeal Bill to bring the current framework of environmental regulation into UK and devolved law."

However the paper also says: "We want to take this opportunity to develop over time a comprehensive approach to improving our environment in a way that is fit for our specific needs."

This is also in the context of the Government saying that it is "committed to making the UK the best place in the world to do business. This will mean fostering a high quality, stable and predictable regulatory environment, whilst also actively taking opportunities to reduce the cost of unnecessary regulation and to support innovative business models."

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