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These three post-Brexit bills bulldoze a hole through environmental protections | Fiona Harvey | Opinion

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Wildlife, air quality and fish stocks are all at risk, says Guardian journalist Fiona Harvey. H edgehogs, yellowhammers and dormice did not figure highly in the EU referendum campaign, but they may turn out to be some of the first losers from Brexit. Rules on farmers cutting hedgerows and field margins that have protected the habitats of a variety of at-risk species are being lost amid the biggest shake-up of nature regulations in four decades. For three years, ministers have been proclaiming that leaving the EU would allow Britain to strengthen its environmental protections, and that all the benefits of membership would be faithfully carried over. Now we can see the worth of those promises,...

Michael Gove confirms post-Brexit trade barriers will be imposed | Politics

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De facto deputy PM says nearly all EU imports will be subject to checks from next year. Michael Gove has told businesses that trade with Europe they need to prepare for “significant change” with “inevitable” border checks for “almost everybody” who imports from the EU from next year. In the first official confirmation that the government is going to impose trade barriers post-Brexit, he warned there would be checks on food and goods of animal origin, plus customs declarations and mandatory safety and security certificates required for all imports. “You have to accept we will need some friction. We will minimise it but it is an inevitability of our departure,” he told delegates at a Cabinet O...

Michael Gove admits Brexit will bring years of confusion at borders as trade checks imposed | The Independent

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Michael Gove has admitted to years of confusion at Britain’s borders because of Brexit , with goods checks now “inevitable” – but a new IT system not ready until 2025.In a speech to traders, the cabinet office minister laid bare the realities of leaving the single market and customs union after the controversy was avoided during the election campaign .Warning “almost everybody” who exports to the EU will face new barriers, Mr Gove highlighted checks on food and goods of animal origin, customs declarations and the need for safety and security certificates.Sharing headlines“You have to accept we will need some friction,” he told businesses at the London event, adding: “We will minimise it, but...