The government has managed to anger both green campaigners and its own MPs, after today signalling its willingness to row back on manifesto pledges by lifting the moratorium to fracking and confirming new plans that could result in environmental regulations being diluted.

As touted by Lis Truss during her successful bid to become Prime Minister over the summer, the government earlier today confirmed plans to revoke the effective ban on shale gas activities in England, before this afternoon introducing a new bill to the House of Commons that could remove, pare back or reform hundreds of environmental protection laws derived from the EU.

The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill – also known as the Brexit Freedoms Bill – is designed to strike the remaining EU laws from the UK’s statute book by 2023, which environmental groups have warned could impact as many as 570 retained laws that come

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