UK fails to apply environmental law on air quality, water standards, and the conservation of several species, EU review reveals
Arthur Neslen in Brussels
Monday 6 February 2017 18.15 GMTLast modified on Monday 6 February 2017 18.17 GMT
An EU review has revealed multiple failings by the UK in applying environmental law, on the same day that the commission escalated its action against Britain for breaching air pollution limits.
The Guardian understands that a “reasoned opinion” will now be sent on 15 February to the UK and four other countries: Germany, France, Italy and Spain. If a satisfactory response is not received within two months, a case at the European court could follow.
“In principle it could start later this year, but first we have to decide on a referral to court,” an EU source said. “Your goal is always to get them [infringing countries] to comply without taking them to court.”