Government cheerleaders frequently boast of how we are poised to take advantage of the opportunities available to us now that we are released from the constraints of membership of the EU.
Soi far they have been pretty damp squibs: a few minor trade agreements organised by Liz Truss when she was the responsible minister and were merely "roll-overs" of agreements we already had within the EU. There was an allegedly more major one for trade with Australia which analysts claim makes far more concessions to Australian farmers than it doses of ours, leaving British farmers feeling let down and likely to make minimal impact on our GDP.
This morning's newspaper reports an "opportunity" of a different kind. The UK has 3 651 "water bodies" - including rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters. All are in danger of pollination, the two main polluters being untreated sewage discharged into them by the Water Companies, and chemical and animal "run off" from agricultural land. While we were still members the EU required that all of them would be brought to a "good" state of chemical and ecological status by 2027.
Only 4% of them are actually on track to achieve this status.
So Brexit Opportunity 1 was to reduce the target from "all of them" to 75%.
However, even this looks as though it will be unachievable so:
Brexit Opportunity 2 is to put back the target year to 2063.
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