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Barnier warns against English regulator’s support for ‘less rigorous’ water rules

The EU’s chief negotiator with the UK has criticised the head of England’s environmental regulator for expressing his support for water quality reform, saying it raised ‘major environmental and... Read more

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Brexit: UK scheme will go ‘further, faster’ than the EU ETS

The UK government has published proposals for a UK-wide emissions trading system to replace the EU’s system for trading carbon emissions, but has said that it remains open to considering a link between the two systems after Brexit ‘if it suits both sides’ interests’

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Brexit: Top EU adviser seeks to ‘demystify’ green level playing field

A senior adviser to the EU team negotiating a post-Brexit agreement with the UK has sought to clarify the debate around accepting level playing field provisions on environmental standards, which has emerged as a point of contention between the two sides

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Brexit: UK sets out green battlelines in EU trade talks

The British government has proposed environmental protections in a post-Brexit relationship with the EU that fall well short of the partnership proposed by Brussels, drawing heavily from the controversial EU-Canada trade agreement CETA

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Brexit: EU won’t sacrifice green values in UK trade deal, Barnier says

The European Commission’s top negotiator in the post-Brexit talks has signalled that the UK would have to uphold a level playing field on environmental standards even in a less ambitious deal than the ‘zero tariff’ and ‘zero quota’ arrangement proposed by the EU

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Brexit: UK accused of using climate change as ‘bargaining chip’

Green groups in London and Brussels have hit out at reports that the UK’s team negotiating a post-Brexit deal with the EU is resisting demands for the Paris Agreement to be included as an 'essential element'

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