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').
Consultations and Inquiries
On 26th October, Brexit Task Force member Professor Richard Macrory (University College London) gave evidence to the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee inquiry exploring the future of environment and climate change policy following the vote to leave the European Union. You can watch the inquiry hearing on Parliament TV.
UKELA has recently lodged written submissions to three inquiries by House of Commons Committees:
During winter 2015/16, UKELA gave written and oral evidence to the 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'. Our view is 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.
UKELA's response to the Government's 'Balance of Competences' review 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'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.
UKELA has 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 - join us for this seminar on Monday 5 December in London or via videolink across the UK, find out more on our events calendar
- 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).