On 18 July 2018, Theresa May announced that the government will introduce a new Environment Bill covering air quality and a range of other environmental issues. She indicated that the Bill will seek to address some of the opportunities to the UK on environmental protection after Brexit. The Bill is intended to build on the 25 Year Environment Plan and hopes to set out plans to improve the environment for the next generation.
The NFU Environment chair, Mark Pope has said that “farming has a key interest in managing and protecting environmental resources alongside the practical challenges of food production. With this in mind, the NFU will be giving careful consideration to any new Environment Bill."
"Farmers manage 70% of the nation’s iconic countryside and are in a unique position to deliver for the environment as long as there are productive and viable businesses – where food is at the heart. Our interests in any new bill will be in how it is framed to support productive agriculture, while protecting our soils, water and wildlife and how it can seek to improve our environmental legislation.”