Water Framework Directive—implementation in England and Wales
Water Framework Directive—implementation in England and Wales

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

  • Water Framework Directive—implementation in England and Wales
  • Brexit impact
  • EU Exit Regulations
  • Water Framework Directive
  • Implementation in England and Wales
  • River basin districts
  • Environmental objectives and programmes of measures
  • Environmental objectives
  • Charges for water services
  • River basin management plans
  • 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 law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

EU Exit Regulations

The Floods and Water (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/558 effective from Implementation Period (IP) completion date, make amendments to legislation in the fields of floods and water. Part 2 amends primary legislation, Part 3 amends secondary legislation and Part 4 amends and revokes certain EU Decisions. In particular, Part 3, reg 20 makes minor amendments to The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations 2017, SI 2017/407 to ensure its continued working post implementation period. It also inserts a new Schedule 5 (Modification of Directives) to clarify and interpret references to the Water Framework Directive after IP completion date.

Water Framework Directive

Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy, known as the

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