UKELA's work on Brexit
UKELA's Brexit Task Force
UKELA established a Brexit Task Force in September 2016 to advise the Association on matters related to the UK's withdrawal from the European Union ('Brexit').
Visit the Brexit Task Force page for more information about the work of the group.
UKELA produced a series of reports and factsheets in the Brexit and Environmental Law series. Topics include:
- Legal and Political Accountability Issues, July 2017
- Exit from the Euratom Treaty and its Environmental Implications, July 2017
- Henry VIII Clauses and Environmental Law, September 2017
- Brexit and Nature Conservation Factsheet, September 2017
- The UK and International Environmental Law after Brexit, September 2017
- Wales, Brexit and Environmental Law, October 2017
- The UK and European Cooperation Bodies, January 2018
- Environmental Standard Setting outside the EU, February 2018
Consultations and Inquiries
UKELA’s Scottish Working Party response to the consultation paper published by the Scottish Government
The UK Environmental Law Association’s Wales Working Party Response to the Welsh Government Consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance in Wales Post European Union Exit
House of Lords Energy and Environment Committee, on the Environment Bill
- Brexit Task Force co-Chair, Begonia Filgueira, gave evidence to the committee on 6th February 2019
UKELA submitted its response to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' consultation (May 2018) on establishing environmental principles and a new body to safeguard the environment post-Brexit. Read it in full below.
UKELA has submitted evidence to several Parliamentary Committee inquiries on Brexit:
House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-committee inquiry into impact of Brexit on UK's trade in waste
- Waste Working Party member Hilary Stone (Imperial College) gave oral evidence to the Committee on Wednesday 22 November
House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry into ‘UK progress on reducing F-Gas emissions'
- UKELA made written submissions to the Committee in November 2017
- Professor Macrory gave oral evidence to the Committee on 5 December 2017
House of Commons Committee on Exiting the European Union inquiry into the EU (Withdrawal) Bill
- Andrew Bryce gave oral evidence to the Committee on 18th October 2017
House of Lords European Union Committee's report, 'Brexit: environment and climate change'
- The Committee's report was published on 14 February 2017
- The report cited the evidence of Brexit Task Force Co-Chair Professor Richard Macrory
- The report has been debated by the House of Lords on 23 March 2017
House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry into ‘The Future of Chemicals Regulation after the EU Referendum inquiry’
- UKELA made written submissions to the Committee in January 2017
House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry into ‘Future of the natural environment in the light of the EU referendum’
- The Committee’s report was published on 14 December 2016
- UKELA made written submissions on 9 September 2016
House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee’s inquiry on ‘Leaving the EU: implications for energy policy’
- The Committee’s report was published on 13 October 2016
- UKELA made written submissions on the ‘Implications for climate policy’ on 22 August 2016
- UKELA also made written submissions on the ‘Implications for Energy policy’ on 21 September 2016
House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee's inquiry into 'the extent to which EU environmental objectives and policies have succeeded in tackling environmental issues in the UK'.
- The Committee’s report was published on 23 March 2016
- UKELA gave written and oral evidence. The view was that EU environmental policy and legislation has, on balance, had a significant and very positive influence on the environment in the UK, with related economic benefits.
The Government's 'Environment and climate change: review of balance of competences’ review in 2013/2014.
- This considered the impact that the EU has had on the UK's laws and policies, and the pros and cons of keeping things the way that they are.
- UKELA responded to the Call for Evidence
Working Party Papers
UKELA's specialist working parties have been taking a closer look at the possible implications of withdrawing for different areas of environmental law. The papers that follow set out their findings and conclusions.
- Brexit and Nature Conservation Factsheet: paper by UKELA's nature conservation working party with the Brexit Task Force, 5 September 2017
- Review of Nature Conservation Legislation: paper by UKELA's nature conservation working party, 11 December 2016
- Implications for Climate Change and Energy Law: paper by Stephen Hockman QC and Benjamin Haseldine, of UKELA's Climate Change and Energy Working Party, March 2016
- Implications for Nature Conservation: paper by UKELA's Nature Conservation Working Party, March 2016
- Implications for Waste Management: paper by UKELA's Waste Working Party, March 2016
On 14 May 2019, UKELA’s Wales Working Party held a seminar on the Welsh Government Consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance in Wales Post European Union Exit. The event was attended by UKELA members and other interested organisations.
On 2 May 2019 UKELA's Scottish committee organised a half day conference in Edinburgh focussing on the Scottish Government consultation on environmental principles and governance in Scotland. Speakers from academia, industry, the legal profession and government took part.
On 14 January 2019 UKELA co-organised a half-day conference with Client Earth and WWF on A First Response to the Environment Bill: The New Body, the Courts, and the Future of UK Environmental Law at University College London with speakers representing government, industry, academia and the legal profession.
UKELA held a half day conference on 'Brexit, the Withdrawal Bill and the Environment' in London on Friday 13 October 2017. The event considered topics ranging from the roll-over of environmental law under the Withdrawal Bill (and challenges in substantive areas), to consideration of enforcement and accountability after Brexit. It was chaired by UKELA President Lord Carnwath and featured speakers from Defra, private practice and academia, with a keynote speech by Tom Burke, UKELA Patron.
UKELA held a number of events exploring what a decision to withdraw might mean for our environmental laws and policies. These seminars and conferences have featured policy experts, lawyers, academics, regulators and a representative of the Commission.
- The Implications of UK Trade Negotiations for Environmental Law after Brexit was held on Monday 5 December. You can view the speakers' slides and papers in our events back catalogue
- Our past events page gives links to the speakers' slides and handouts from our seminar on 11 March 2015.
- If you are a UKELA member, you can also view the speakers' slides from our Bristol Brexit conference on 18 November 2015 (by logging into this website).