UK Environment Bill

As you will know, the bill will only partly relate to Scotland as many legislative powers lie with the Scottish Parliament.
 
Draft clauses to be included in the Environment Bill on environmental principles and governance have now been published. These draft clauses will be central to the new Environment Bill and will place environmental ambition and accountability at the heart of government. I am encouraged that these clauses are only part of a broader Bill, which will include legislative measures to take direct action to address the biggest environmental priorities of our age: air quality, nature recovery, waste and resource efficiency, and water resource management. More detail on all policy areas will be published in due course.
 
The draft clauses set out how a new system of green governance will be created, establishing an Office for Environmental Protection, which will have powers across the UK, to ensure we succeed in leaving the environment in a better condition than we found it. The draft clauses also place the 25 Year Environment Plan on a statutory footing, and introduce a set of environmental principles that will be used to guide future government policy making.
 
Outside the EU Britain can develop global gold standard environmental policies, taking a more targeted approach. Having left the Common Agricultural Policy, Scotland will be able to develop its own system of agricultural support. Meanwhile, by leaving the Common Fisheries Policy we will be able to grant access and allocate quotas based on sustainability, allowing us to pursue the highest standards in marine conservation.