Upholding environmental standards if there's no Brexit deal

Upholding environmental standards if there's no Brexit deal

Environment analysis: Amid mounting government brinksmanship on leaving the EU without a deal in place, concern persists at the harm that could be done to environmental standards under such a course of action. Christopher Badger, of 6 Pump Court, outlines a current situation in which statements of intent have been made, but where substance is lacking and resources will be stretched.

First published in LexisPSL. Click here for a free trial. LexisPSL includes a Practice Note on the possible implications of Brexit on environmental law.

What is the position in relation to environmental law in the UK before 29 March 2019?

Human health and the environment are currently protected by a large body of existing EU environmental law, which covers areas including air quality, waste and resources, water, wildlife and habitats, chemicals and pesticides. The government has stated that it is committed to maintaining environmental standards post Brexit.


What is the government proposing in relation to environmental law in the UK if there is no Brexit deal?

The government has announced that it is due to bring forward a new Environment Bill, which is intended to only apply to England. The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EU(W)A 2018) has already committed the government to enacting a set of environmental principles, publishing a statement of policy in relation to the application and interpretation of those principles and the establishment of an independent e

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