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October, 24 2017

UKELA before the Commons Select Committee on Exiting the EU

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Posted by Rosie Oliver at 14:13

UKELA was delighted to be invited to give evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Exiting the European Union. Andrew Bryce, co-chair of our Brexit Task Force, appeared at the third session of the Committee's inquiry into the EU (Withdrawal) Bill on 18th October. The session focused on implications of the Bill for environmental law, chemical regulations, workers’ and consumer rights.

From an environmental point of view, the Committee was particularly interested in how to ensure the law is properly enforced absent the European Commission. Andrew referred them to our report on Enforcement and Political Accountability Issues. Annex 1 gives details of environmental ombudsmen and courts around the world that might offer lessons in how to fill the inevitable enforcement gap that will arise on Brexit. The report singles out the New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment as a particularly promising model (at paragraphs 30-31).

You can watch the full session on Parliament TV or read the transcript. More information about the inquiry is available on Parliament's website.

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