Office for Environmental Protection to open shop on day one, 2021

The government has said it “plans” for the Office for Environmental Protection to be operational from 1 January 2021.

Answering a question in the Lords, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Lord Gardiner said: “We plan for the OEP to be operational from 1 January 2021, at which point it will begin to perform its full statutory powers and responsibilities. It will therefore be operational from the day that the UK leaves the oversight of the EU institutions, at the end of the implementation period. The OEP will be ready to receive complaints from day one.”