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Environmental Impact of Potential EU Withdrawal is Poorly Understood

Apr 01, 2015

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Linda Farrow

UKELA delegates at a recent event on the implications, for both environmental law and the UK more generally, of a potential EU withdrawal, heard about some of the likely practical issues from an expert panel of speakers.

The well-informed panel, including David Baldock, Executive Director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy; Clare Deanesley, former Head of Environment at Nabarro; Jacqueline Minor, Head of the European Commission's representation in the UK; Alan Trench, Senior Honorary Research Fellow at UCL's Constitution Unit; and chaired by UKELA Patron, Mrs. Justice Frances Patterson DBE, debated this subject at a sell-out event in London on 11 March, hosted by KWM.

Commenting on positive delegate feedback after the event, UKELA Nature Conservation Working Party convenor, Wyn Jones, whose group provided the initiative for this seminar, was concerned by the information provided by the speakers, saying "The implications of a potential withdrawal are significant, both administratively and in terms of uncertainties for standards of protection and management of the environment." He added "It is vitally important that UKELA - in line with its mission to achieve better law for the environment - continues to engage in and provide objective comment on the debate on membership of the EU."

Notes to the editors:

More details on the content of the seminar can be found on the UKELA website (www.ukela.org) and in the following ENDs article:

"UK exit from the EU would be a 'nightmare'"

by Isabella Kaminski

ENDs Report 482, April 2015, pp 8-9,24 March 2015

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