Bad news for East Devon.
“The UK Government plans to water down regulations surrounding climate change and illegal wildlife trading in an effort to help secure post-Brexit trade, civil service documents have reportedly revealed.
In an upcoming speech by Tim Hitchens, the director-general of economic and consular affairs at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), he said the UK must to change its focus to carry out Prime Minister Theresa May’s vision of the UK as a “great, global trading nation”.
“You have a crucial role to play in posts in implementing our new approach to prosperity against the huge changes stemming from last year’s Brexit vote,” the notes seen by The Sunday Times read.
“Trade and growth are now priorities for all posts — you will all need to prioritise developing capability in this area. Some economic security-related work like climate change and illegal wildlife trade will be scaled down.”
A changing focus would reportedly make it easier for the UK to sign deals with Africa and Latin America.
The speech will take place on 26 April at a conference called Prosperity UK, sponsored by think tanks Legatum Institute and Open Europe.
The documents were contained in the folder of a senior civil servant at the Department for International Trade and were photographed by a passenger on a train.
They also exposed tensions between that department and the FCO, which are in the same building.
Some senior civil servants have expressed frustration that Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, is more focused on signing tariff-free trade deals around the world than rolling back regulatory burdens.”