Environmental law and the Northern Ireland Protocol

Environmental law and the Northern Ireland Protocol

We have published a new Practice Note on the impact of the Northern Ireland Protocol on environmental law, see: What does the Northern Ireland Protocol mean for the application of environmental law?

The new Practice Note looks at the Northern Ireland Protocol, an integral part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, and outlines those environmental regimes and relevant European legislation that will continue to apply in Northern Ireland following implementation period completion day. In particular, it provides details on chemicals, pesticides and biocides, waste, energy efficiency, plant health and fisheries. It also looks at what this means for the application of environmental regimes when trading between Great Britain and Northern Ireland post-Brexit.

Topics covered:

  • Brexit
  • Northern Ireland Protocol
  • NIP Annex 2
  • Chemicals and related
  • RoHS
  • Classification and labelling of chemicals
  • Duties of NI-based businesses directly supplying chemicals to GB
  • Export and import of hazardous chemicals
  • Pesticides and biocides
  • Regulating pesticides in the UK
  • Biocidal products
  • Waste
  • Waste Shipments
  • Moving waste between GB and NI
  • Environment, energy efficiency
  • Importing and exporting endangered species
  • Eco-design of energy consuming products
  • GMOs
  • Placing a regulated product on the market
  • Plant health
  • Importing and exporting plants and plant products
  • Amendments to NIP Annex 2


More information on environment law can be found here.

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About the author:
Andrea is a Professional Support Lawyer at LexisNexis, specialising in environmental law. She has a background in contaminated land and environmental insurance, and a Masters degree in waste management. She qualified in 1997 at Browne Jacobson and later worked in the Environment and Planning team at SJ Berwin, before moving in house to work as Senior Solicitor at Certa (UK) Ltd. More recently Andrea has worked as a legal consultant, completing projects for blue chip companies. Andrea is an active member of the UK Environmental Law Association.