Scotland’s environment could be ‘seriously harmed’ by plans for UK internal market


Tough regulations which protect the quality of Scotland’s water could be diluted by plans for a UK internal market, environmental campaigners have claimed.

The quality of Scotland’s water could be hampered by UK Government plans for an internal market, a group of environmental charities has warned.

Boris Johnson wants to implement a uniform single market across the four UK nations to avoid internal trade barriers and simplify trade talks when Britain stops following EU regulations from next year.

But environmental experts have warned plans for an internal market could seriously harm Scotland’s natural environment by “dragging down standards”.

They claim Westminster proposals appear to be aimed at removing regulation and forcing all four nations to adopt the same rules.

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Daily Record, 13 August 2020