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Brexit & Our Environment

The single greatest environmental challenge posed by Brexit is continued legislative protection for the natural environment. Depending on the outcome of the upcoming negotiations between the UK and the EU, it seems likely that the UK will no longer be bound by at least some key elements of the EU environmental acquis (e.g. the Birds and Habitats Directives as well as aspects of the Water Framework and Marine Strategy Framework Directives). Given the proven effectiveness of these Directives, where properly implemented, a priority for the UK/NI government should be to effectively retain these high standards of legislative protection for nature in domestic law post–Brexit.

In addition, the UK/NI will still need to retain these standards post–Brexit if we are to effectively deliver on our remaining commitments under international agreements such the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Bern and Bonn Conventions, the Ramsar Convention, the Ospar Convention, the Aarhus Convention and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Future of Environmental Governance

Nature Matters NI: Submission to NIAC Inquiry – Devolution & Democracy

EU Committee told North–South cooperation vital for the environment…

Nature Matters NI: Response to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

Joint Greener UK & Environment Links UK: Briefing on Brexit & devolution

Lords Select Committee – How can we improve environmental policy…

BBC: Northern Ireland to be consulted on Brexit environment body plan

Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland – Context Setting

Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland – Full Report

Greener UK: Briefing on the committee stage of the EU Withdrawal Bill

WCL: A nod to a new Environmental Protection Act

WCL: Government creating gaping Brexit environmental legal loopholes…

On 11th September 2017, NIEL hosted a seminar to discuss the latest developments on Brexit. The presentations from this event can be viewed below…

Brexit & UK Environmental Governance – Dr Viviane Gravey

The NIEL Brexit Coalition – Anne–Marie McDevitt

Implications for the Marine Environment – James Rainey

Future of NI Environment & Sustainable Agriculture… – John Martin

Nature & Environmental Protection – Emily Hunter

Our Message to Belfast, Dublin, London & Brussels – Victoria Magreehan

Further reading…

House of Commons – Brexit: a reading list of post–EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies

Department for Exiting the European Union – The Repeal Bill Factsheet 8: Environmental Protections

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs – “The Unfrozen Moment: Delivering A Green Brexit”

BBC News – Michael Gove: Farm subsidies ‘must be earned’

UKELA – Brexit and Environmental Law: Enforcement and Political Accountability Issues