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Brexit - UKELA specialists engaging to protect and improve environmental law

Jul 20, 2016

UKELA – the UK Environmental Law Association - has been exploring what Brexit might mean for UK's environmental policies and laws for some time through events, papers and responses to inquiries and consultations.

In a statement issued today, UKELA makes clear its view that existing levels of environmental protection and public participation in environmental decisions must be maintained in any changes to domestic legislation that arise from Brexit.

“We want to see ongoing compliance with international law and applicable EU law, and regulatory stability. There must be no diminution in the protection given to the environment.” commented UKELA Chair, Stephen Sykes. “Our position has been informed by our recent annual conference, on the theme of International Law, where over 200 members made their views known on the way forward.”

“Our members and specialist Working Parties want to make their knowledge and experience available in the right way at the right time to help maintain and improve environmental protection in the Brexit negotiations.” added Linda Farrow, UKELA Executive Director. “Trustees have given this their full support at their meeting earlier in July.”


Notes to Editors

Brexit – UKELA Position Statement


The prospect of the UK withdrawing from the EU following the 23rd June referendum result raises big questions about the future of UK environmental protection and regulation. Much will depend on the terms of the negotiated settlement for a UK withdrawal (or ‘Brexit’), and in particular whether this involves obligations on the UK to continue to comply with EU laws that affect the environment.

UKELA has been exploring what Brexit might mean for UK's environmental policies and laws for some time through events, papers and responses to inquiries and consultations. This ongoing work is available on UKELA’s website at https://www.ukela.org/brexit

Position Statement

UKELA considers it 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.

UKELA considers preservation is critically important in order to ensure ongoing compliance with international law and applicable EU law, regulatory stability and continued protection of the environment.

UKELA considers that the level of environmental protection, and the ability of citizens to participate in environmental decisions and take action in the courts where necessary, must not be diminished by any future changes to domestic legislation.

The development of a post-Brexit framework of environmental legislation presents a unique and critically important opportunity for the UK Government and devolved administrations to explore ways of improving and strengthening environmental regulation.

UKELA will ensure that the UK Government, devolved administrations and regulators are aware of the immense body of legal expertise within the association that may be employed to assist with the next steps.

UKELA – About Us

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

For specific press and media queries in relation to this news release, please contact: Linda Farrow, UKELA’s Executive Director, linda@ukela.org

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