Ministers face showdowns on post-Brexit green bill weeks before Cop26

Peers’ challenge to government may see it arguing for lower environmental standards at home while hosting global summit

Ministers are facing a fortnight of showdowns with peers over weak post-Brexit green protections just weeks before the Cop26 summit on the environment.

An alliance of crossbench and opposition peers has tabled more than 100 amendments to the environment bill in an attempt to beef up protections for nature, air quality and water standards and give the new green watchdog more powers.

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