A few hours later, Gove hit back, noting "there has been no specific proposal -- as yet -- from the EU to ban straws." "Also waiting for the EU to catch up on microbeads -- UK's ban is 1st in Europe #greenbrexit," he tweeted. The European Commission announced plans in January to increase plastic recycling and phase out single-use plastic, but it has yet to publish legislation. Gove told the Daily Telegraph newspaper to "watch this space" on a ban in Britain, although his ministry could not give any details about the proposals. The spokesman for Britain's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs noted the government's commitment to eliminating avoidable plastic by 2042, adding: "We are exploring a range of options."
.@michaelgove One step ahead of you. EU legislation on single-use plastics coming before the summer. Maybe you can align with us? #EUDoesntSuck #StrongerTogether #PlasticsStrategy https://t.co/hbBBXT1eGa— Frans Timmermans (@TimmermansEU) February 23, 2018