Water Framework Directive—snapshot
Water Framework Directive—snapshot

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

  • Water Framework Directive—snapshot
  • Brexit impact
  • Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019
  • Status of EU directives following Brexit
  • Overview
  • A single system of water management—river basin management
  • Environmental objectives
  • Characteristics of the river basin district
  • Drinking water
  • Water pricing
  • 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.

Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019

The Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No 2) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/188, introduce amendments to multiple pieces of EU-derived domestic legislation to correct deficiencies in this legislation arising from the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. This includes amendments to regulations that refer to the Water Framework Directive. For more details see: Implementation in England and Wales.

Status of EU directives following Brexit

Retained EU law is a legal concept describing EU-derived rights and legislation preserved by the UK following Brexit. It is a defined term under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EU(W)A 2018), and the collective term given to the body of EU-derived laws the UK preserves and converts into domestic UK law, effective on the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972.

EU directives are not within the scope

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