Environment Bill—snapshot
Environment Bill—snapshot

The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Environment Bill—snapshot
  • Context
  • The Environment Bill—publication
  • December 2018 draft published—the Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill
  • October 2019 draft published—Environment Bill
  • January 2020—Environment Bill
  • The Environment Bill—the detail
  • Part 1—environmental governance
  • Part 2—environmental governance: Northern Ireland
  • Part 3—waste and resource efficiency
  • More...

Environment Bill—snapshot

TitleEnvironment Bill
Key dateIntroduced to Parliament 30 January 2020
SubjectEnvironmental principles, governance, regulation, air pollution, waste and plastics, biodiversity


As a result of the 23 June 2016 UK referendum on membership of the EU, which voted with a 52% majority voting in favour of the UK leaving the EU, government published the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EU(W)A 2018). EU(W)A 2018 makes a range of legislative provisions in connection with the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, to provide a functioning statute book on the day the UK leaves the EU. As a general rule, the same rules and laws applied on the day after exit as on the day before. For more on this, see Practice Note: Brexit legislation tracker—Brexit SIs—commencement.

From the point of its exit from the EU, the UK's relationship with the EU is governed by the Withdrawal Agreement, an international treaty negotiated by the UK and the EU during the withdrawal period, which is intended to:

  1. tie up the administrative and financial loose ends associated with the UK's membership of the EU

  2. protect the rights of UK and EU citizens living in each other's territory, and

  3. provide a stand-still period in relation to the application of EU law in order to allow for the negotiation of a trade deal between the EU and the UK (as a non-Member

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