This week in Parliament (26th January 2021), the Government introduced a motion to delay the Environment Bill by at least six months.
This is yet another delay to legislation the Government had declared as “landmark” and “vital” if the UK is to “maintain and improve our environmental protections as we leave the EU.
Cornwall Liberal Democrats have expressed their huge disappointment about this delay and have written to Environment Secretary and Cornish MP George Eustice to urge the government to prioritise this bill.
Edwina Hannaford, Lib Dem portfolio holder for Climate Change said:
“The Environment Bill is absolutely critical if this Government is serious about tackling the climate emergency. We cannot afford further delay to improve environmental protections whilst biodiversity is declining, people are breathing in dangerously polluted air and we are losing our chance to turn this ecological crisis around.
Rob Nolan, Lib Dem Portfolio holder for Environment & Public Protection at Cornwall Council said:
“It is all the more disappointing this bill will be delayed in the year the UK is hosting the COP26 – the UN Climate Change conference this year hosted by the UK in Glasgow - where we are meant to be demonstrating our international leadership in tackling the climate crisis. This is simply not good enough.
“Lib Dems in Cornwall will continue to press the Government to do better to protect our environment and leave the world in a better place than we found it. Failing to pass this bill now means further damage, which we cannot afford during this climate emergency.”