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Brexit and the Environment… 16 June 2017

Crucial cross–border cooperation to protect the environment across the island of Ireland must not be “diluted” by Brexit, warned MEPs, NGOs and leading legal experts at a conference today

 

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The views were expressed at a conference in Dundalk today to examine the potential impacts on the Irish environment in a post–Brexit world and explore opportunities for new ways of working together on cross–border issues.

MEPs, legal experts and environmental groups outlined the potential weakening of legislative protection for nature as the single greatest environmental risk posed by Brexit.

Delegates at the conference particularly emphasised the importance of ensuring equivalency in environmental standards north and south of the Border.

The severity of this issue has been recognised at a European level, with the EU’s Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, recently highlighting the risk of environmental “dumping” if there is a divergence of standards between the UK and member states.

There are currently over 650 pieces of EU legislation in force to protect the environment, habitats, air quality, waste, food safety and a myriad of other areas, and are the principal drivers for the vast majority of environmental protection in place in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

However, it is still unclear how environmental standards will be upheld in the future, with the British Government yet to set out the detail as to how it will achieve its stated aim s with regard to the environment   post–Brexit.

Opening the conference, Vice–President of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness emphasised that environmental standards “must not be diluted” by the UK’s exit from Europe.

 ”Brexit poses many challenges but the threat to environmental progress, which the EU has championed, is one of the most significant,” added the MEP for the Midlands–North–West.

“For Ireland, it is important to have the same high standards north and south of the border and a divergence of standards would be bad for citizens and for business.”


Read the full press release here…