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EU Referendum: environmental regulation in and out of the EU

May 05, 2016

Further information
Linda Farrow

UKELA has written this week to the official “In” and “Out” groups campaigning on the EU Referendum to ask each group for their vision for regulating the environment.

As an educational charity, UKELA has been taking an active interest in the question of a potential withdrawal from the European Union because a decision to exit could have significant implications for the UK’s environmental laws. Details of our work exploring this topic have been published on our website at: https://www.ukela.org/brexit.

“Our purpose in seeking this information is to inform debate, by giving a clearer picture of the environmental implications of either referendum outcome” said Stephen Sykes, UKELA Chair. He continued “Our members are involved in the practice, study or formulation of environmental law in the UK and the European Union. This is an important topic that affects their day-to-day work .”

UKELA is keen to understand both the “in” campaign’s future vision for environmental law within the EU, as well as how those campaigning for a withdrawal would approach environmental regulation were the UK to leave the EU. Our website refers to a number of possible exit scenarios, each with very different implications. These range from ‘little change’ - for example as a member of the European Economic Area - to replacing current EU-derived legislation with ‘home-grown’ laws.

UKELA will publish all correspondence on our website.

Notes to the editors:

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.

For further information on UKELA’s work, please visit: www.ukela.org

UK Environmental Law Association - Better law for the environment
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Registered office: One Glass Wharf, Bristol, BS2 0ZX


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