A legal perspective on the UK’s decision to leave the EU

June 2016

Posted on Jun 28, 2016

In the lead up to the EU Referendum much was said about what might happen to environment and sustainability legislation if the UK voted to leave. Now our democracy has had its say and the UK is on course to exit the EU, it is more important than ever to listen to expert views. We must cut through the current uncertainty around the future of UK environmental legislation and work together to ensure environment and sustainability are at the heart of decision making. In the short term, this webinar aims to provide you with the facts on what “Brexit” will mean for the laws, policies and regulations you work with every day. Simon Colvin - Partner and Head of National Environment Team at Weightmens LLP - will provide his perspective on the implications of the result for UK environmental legislation and offer you some sense of reassurance about what the coming months and years will mean.

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Comments (4)

  1. Richard Boothman:
    Jun 30, 2016 at 05:11 PM

    Thank you for an interesting webinar and for the reassurance that we can stay calm for a period.

    However, given the suggestion that there will be a period of hiatus of perhaps 3 to 5 years before the government is likely even to think about changes to environmental legislation this is a very important time for IEMA and members to show leadership. Watering down of environmental legislation and regulation is clearly desired by some members of the conservative party and particularly those on the "leave" side of the debate who are now in the ascendancy. I accept that the status quo is likely to prevail for a significant period of time. However, can the continuing damage to the environment in this country and globally wait for us to sort out trade and economic issues? Surely we need to continue to act to slow down the continuing adverse changes we see? By the time this mess is sorted out, we may have gone past the tipping point for runaway climate change!

    Many politicians clearly believe that environmental rules and regulations are affecting our ability to trade effectively and they may see an opportunity in changes to our trading relationships to push that agenda. We have to guard against this and also to take the lead in making sure that everyone is aware how important environmental protection is in our ability to continue trading in the coming decades - in or out of the EU. Negotiating new trading relationships with the EU and other countries could be a good opportunity for us to push the need for strong environmental protection but is also an opportunity for those with a different viewpoint to reduce that protection by the back door.

  2. Emma Finlay:
    Jul 04, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    'EU Circular Economy Package is gone, just gone'. But wait, that doesn’t have to mean the end of the CE for the UK..... Simon Colvin also pointed the UK government tendency to ‘really only do the minimum' to comply with EU obligations on environmental obligations – the truth behind that is surely that we have all been too reliant on the EU to drag the government on in environmental issues! Now, with that support removed, we need to do this for ourselves, to step up and gear up, to make the politicians to understand how much we need the CE. The Brexit reaction has clearly shown how vulnerable our economy and communities are to uncertainty and instability; it has shown that we need the resiliency of the CE more than ever. [The preceding text is a Personal Comment, not in any way purporting to represent the views of the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.]

  3. Mike Lachowicz:
    Jul 05, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Probably the most important and useful webinar that IEMA has organised to date - as evidenced by the number of members registered for this webinar.
    Major challenges and opportunities for IEMA members in the UK to take the environmental agenda forward in the ongoing debate following the referendum result.

  4. elizabeth pimley:
    Jul 05, 2016 at 07:37 PM

    An interesting webinar and also comments to date. Following on from Emma Finlay's point that we now need to take more responsibility for our environmental matters, I have started a campaign to ensure that the new PM and team don't forget about the environmental issues in the light of Brexit - link below:

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