BREXIT

The Great Repeal Bill was published lat the end of March by the UK’s government as an important part of the BREXIT process. The Bill plans to convert all EU law into UK law before the withdrawal actually occurs. This converted law will include all EU regulations, EU treaties, and the CJEU case law. Additionally, the Bill will repeal the ECA.

A critical topic of discussion today in the UK is the negative fiscal effect that losing the current Circular Economy Package will have on British businesses if Britain leaves the EU. If the UK Government cannot create a policy to replace the EU’s Circular Economy Package, Brexit mayl cause British businesses to lose billions of euros in ‘lost efficiency savings.’The Circular Economy Package was initially created to increase recycling throughout the EU and implement more rules on incineration and landfill.

Following the result of the EU referendum in June, for the UK to leave the European Union, environmental professionals met in London to press for the UK Government to maintain and enhance environmental protections and continues to play a leading role in environmental issues on the world stage. With the recent announcement by Prime Minister, Teresa May that all previous European laws will be transposed into British law to be curated and refined later, the importance of utilising environmental professionals to collate sound and evidence based advice for this process is greater than ever.

The UK’s devolved regions should follow the EU’s lead when developing environmental policies after Brexit, is the advice of a recent think tank report. The Think Tank report, UK in a Changing Europe could affect the devolution agreements whereby the Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland play a key role in developing their own distinctive environment and agricultural policies. They currently play an important role in transposing EU legislation directly in these policy fields.

The UK’s environmental sector has reacted with shock to the referendum result, which will take Britain out of the EU.  The challenge now for the new UK Government and Prime Minister Theresa May will be to tackle the BREIXT plan within the two years permitted under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.  An interesting perspective how this Article 50 negotiation might unfold has been debated in a recent podcast published by the

As British voters prepare for their in/out referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the EU.  What are the potential consequences for the environment and for environmental policy making in the UK should voters choose to leave the EU tomorrow?  All of ENEP’s UK professional bodies have been busy surveying and consulting their members on this question.  In a joint SocEnv and ENDS survey of 893 environmental professionals (attached below) across the UK, over 77% were declared for REMAIN in the EU.  Nevertheless, the survey asked what a UK Government should do following the referendum resu

With the recent announcement of the UK referendum following February’s European Council meeting in Brussels the impact of a potential UK exit from the EU has real implications in the UK for environmental law.  Stanley Johnson, father of Boris (the Mayor of London), recently launched a new campaign group under the banner of ‘E4E - Environmentalists for Europe’ that aims to work with a broad spectrum of organisations and individuals, in the hope and expectation that the importance of the UK’s contribution to European environmental policy, a

ENEP’s President, Kristof De Smet travelled to London last week to meet with the Society for the Environment's new Chief Executive - Dr Emma Wilcox.