Brexit LIVE: Uproar as polluters told to dump raw sewage into rivers – EU exit blamed

Brexit: EU rules 'out of the question' for UK says Menon

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Due to a shortage of chemicals needed to treat water, the Government has allowed businesses to discharge low to medium risk effluent without needing a permit. Following the decision by the Government, Britons reacted with fury over the damage it could do to the UK’s rivers. One person said: “They’ve turned us into a cesspit.”

Another person simply said: “Disgusting!”

A third said: “Still racing to the bottom!”

Businesses have been unable to access certain supplies due to the difficulties caused by the UK’s exit from the EU and Covid crisis. 

Issues such as a shortage of lorry drivers have been intensified, with experts blaming a combination of Brexit and the pandemic. 

In a statement released on Monday, the Environment Agency said: “Normally, you need a permit under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 to discharge treated effluent from a waste water treatment works (WwTW) to surface water or groundwater. Permits contain conditions that control the quality of the effluent you can discharge.

“You may not be able to comply with your permit if you cannot get the chemicals you use to treat the effluent you discharge because of the UK’s new relationship with the EU, coronavirus (COVID-19), [or] other unavoidable supply chain failures, for example the failure of a treatment chemical supplier.

“If you follow the conditions in this regulatory position statement (RPS) you can discharge effluent without meeting the conditions in your permit. You must get written agreement from your Environment Agency water company account manager before you use this RPS.”

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7.45am update: EU ‘attacking’ UK in bid to break up the country says economist ‘War without the fighting’

Brussels’ hardline strategy over Northern Ireland is part of a deliberate “attack” aimed at splitting up the United Kingdom, a Brexiteer economist has warned.

Dr Timothy Bradshaw even drew a comparison with Kosovo, which split from Serbia after the war of 2008 – claiming Northern Ireland could go the same way.

Dr Bradshaw, a theological lecturer and Anglican clergyman, was speaking in the week Brexit Minister Lord David Frost was preparing for fresh talks with EU counterpart Maros Sefcovic later this week.

Discussions will once again centre on the Northern Ireland Protocol, the controversial mechanism for preventing a hard border on the island of Ireland – but there is little hope of a breakthrough.

Dr Bradshaw outlined his concerns in a blog published on the Conservative Woman website last month entitled This war on the UK (helped by Whitehall saboteurs).

Speaking this week, he told Express.co.uk: “Biden’s chaotic self made rout in Afghanistan made me ponder the UK Northern Ireland in the big picture of geopolitics.

“In particular Kosovo was detached from Serbia as punishment for Milosevic and is now a separate province run by Albanians, with Serbs being pushed out and their historic churches blown up. The UN, NATO and USA did this.”

7.22am update: Brexit red tape blamed for effluent dumping 

Following the waves of red tape and supply chain issues caused by the pandemic, the Environment Agency has allowed businesses to dump effluent into the UK’s waters. 

Without the chemicals needed to treat raw sewage, low and medium risk will now be permitted to be discharged into rivers. 

Commenting on the news, one person said: “Just when you think it can’t get any worse.”

Another said: “Back to the Fifties we go, super fast.”

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