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Response by UK Environmental Law Association to EAC Report on ‘The Future of Chemicals Regulation after the EU Referendum’

Apr 29, 2017

Further information
Andrew Bryce

The UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) welcomes the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee report on ‘The Future of Chemicals Regulation after the EU Referendum’ which has been published today. The key findings of the report reflect many of the points in UKELA’s written submissions to the Committee on January 20171.

Professor Richard Macrory, co-chair of the UKELA Brexit Task Force, says:

“The EU REACH system is one of the most important but complex areas of EU environmental law. It cannot easily be rolled-over into national law after Brexit, and there is a danger that the benefits it has brought to the environment and industry will be jeopardized. The EAC report makes clear the significance and complexity of the future regulation of chemicals post Brexit and emphasises the need for the Government to engage urgently with all stakeholders to develop a coherent approach which it can take into negotiations to avoid a significant loss of leverage for the UK chemicals sector in the European Market”

UKELA took a neutral stance on the EU Referendum but believes that it is imperative that the UK’s current environmental legislation is preserved pending proper review, full and open consultation on options for change and the involvement of Parliament as far as possible. This is critically important in order to ensure ongoing compliance with international law, regulatory stability and continued protection of the environment.

UKELA will be scrutinising the Great Repeal Bill carefully to ensure it provides an effective mechanism for the complete and orderly transfer of EU environmental law into UK domestic law. UKELA is also concerned to ensure that any changes proposed do not undermine the Government’s pledge to leave the environment in a better state than they found it upon taking office.

1: https://www.ukela.org/content/doclib/304.pdf

Notes to the editors:

Notes to Editors

A blog post expanding on this statement will be published on UKELA’s Brexit blog at https://www.ukela.org/blog/Brexit-Task-Force on Saturday 29 April 2017

The UK Environmental Law Association aims to promote better law for the environment and to improve understanding and awareness of environmental law. UKELA’s members are involved in the practice, study or formulation of environmental law in the UK and the European Union. It attracts both lawyers and non-lawyers and has a broad membership from the private and public sectors.

UKELA prepares advice to government with the help of its specialist working parties, covering a range of environmental law topics.

UKELA’s Brexit Task Force was established in September 2016. Andrew Bryce and Professor Richard Macrory are its Co-Chairs. The Task Force’s role is “To advise UKELA’s Trustees from time to time on all matters relating to and arising from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (‘Brexit’) insofar as this impacts environmental law, practice and enforcement in the UK.”

For further information on UKELA’s work, please visit: www.ukela.org/brexit. We have a section on the website dedicated to Brexit.

For specific press and media queries in relation to this news release, please contact: Andrew Bryce (andrew@ehslaw.co.uk) and Richard Macrory (richard.macrory@gmail.com), Co-Chairs of UKELA’s Brexit Task Force or UKELA’s Executive Director, Linda Farrow (linda@ukela.org).

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