What is the impact of the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021 on environmental regulation in Scotland?

What is the impact of the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021 on environmental regulation in Scotland?

How has the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021 (the Continuity Act) impacted environmental policy and principles in Scotland following the end of the Brexit implementation period? 

The Continuity Act received Royal Assent on 29 January 2021. The Act establishes a new framework for environmental governance in Scotland in order to fill post-Brexit gaps in regulation following the end of the Brexit implementation period on 31 December 2020, and provide powers to implement the Scottish government's policy of matching any future  developments in EU environmental standards. 

In our latest news analysis, Colin Reid of the University of Dundee considers the key features of the Continuity Act in the areas of (1) dynamic alignment, (2) environmental principles, (3) Environmental Standards Scotland, the new environmental watchdog, (4) review of environmental governance, and (5) environmental policy strategy. Reid's analysis first appeared in the the January/February 2021 edition of the UKELA e-law journal and is based on blogs published on the Brexit and Environment website. It has been republished with permission.

Click here to read the full article: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021—a new framework for environmental governance in Scotland.

 

 

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