Michael Gove has replaced Andrea Leadsom as Secretary of State for the Environment (SoS). Gove has previously called himself a ‘shy green’. it is to be hoped that he becomes more outgoing – and quickly.
Brexit presents many challenges to many areas of life in the UK. Whilst immigration, economics and trade are all very much in the public consciousness, this is less true of environmental concerns. Nevertheless, Brexit presents a unique opportunity for the UK to take great strides in environmental protection, as demonstrated in recent reports from the Environmental Audit Committee and the European Union Committee have concluded.
It is to be hoped that Mr Gove will prove a strong and competent SoS, ready to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure the UK remain leaders in environmental protection.