Illegal wildlife trade
Illegal wildlife trade

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

  • Illegal wildlife trade
  • Brexit impact
  • Northern Ireland Protocol
  • Environment and Wildlife (Miscellaneous Amendments etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1395)
  • Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Commission Regulation (EC) No 865/2006) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
  • The Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
  • Defra Guidance
  • Background
  • CITES
  • Control of Trade in Endangered Species Regulations (COTES)
  • More...

Brexit impact

11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below.

For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental lawand News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Northern Ireland Protocol

Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement Act 2020 and the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP), it has been determined that relevant EU legislation (in Annex 2 of the NIP) will continue to apply directly in NI. For details of the implications of the NIP on the application of environmental law post-Brexit, in particular concerning the changes that apply to trade between Republic of Ireland (ROI) and Great Britain that do not apply between ROI and NI, see Practice Note: What does the Northern Ireland Protocol mean for the application of environmental law?.

Environment and Wildlife (Miscellaneous Amendments etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1395)

The Environment and Wildlife (Miscellaneous Amendments Etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/1395 make amendments to the following retained legislation in the context of CITES to ensure its continued operability:

  1. Retained Council

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