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The Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, the recent independent review of the current system of waste regulation and the latest on the new Environment Bill.
In this podcast, we consider some of the key legal developments in environmental law during November 2018, including:
To listen to the podcast, press play below or to download and perhaps listen on the go, click here.
This will be our last podcast for 2018. We will return in January 2019 with some commentary on the first half of the Environment Bill, which should be published before 26 December 2018.
The Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - listen from 0.34 seconds
On 14 November 2018, the UK government and the European Commission announced agreement in principle on the legal terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Following ongoing talks, the legal text of the Withdrawal Agreement has now been agreed at negotiator level with both the UK government and European Commission urging its endorsement.
On the 22 November 2018, a draft of the full Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the UK (Full Political Declaration) was published. The Full Political Declaration is a proposed framework to be finalised and then ultimately adopted by the UK and the EU (pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and Article 184 of the draft Withdrawal Agreement). It sets out the agreed structure, scope, objectives and process for reaching agreement on future UK-EU co-operation by the end of the 29 March 2019 to 31 December 2020 ‘transition period’/’implementation period’.
In the podcast, Christopher and Mark pick out the environmental provisions relevant to the draft Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration and discuss what this might mean for environmental protection.
The recent independent review of the current system of waste regulation– listen from 3.56 mins
An independent review into ‘serious and organised crime in the waste sector’ was published in November 2018.
Mark and Christopher consider some of the recommendations in the report, such as the call for regulators, like the Environment Agency, to have wider investigatory powers and the suggestion that the report’s recommendations should be made available for the forthcoming Resources and Waste Strategy and the Environment Bill.
The latest on the new Environment Bill – listen from 6.24 mins
Chris and Mark discuss the Secretary of State, Michael Gove’s, evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee about the new Environment Bill, at end of October 2018.
We hear how the Environment Bill will be published in two parts and be considered in detail through pre-legislative scrutiny, as well as how the Environment Bill might interact with the backstop agreement (to the Withdrawal Agreement).
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