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CIEEM, The Environment & Brexit

08 December 2017   (0 Comments)

News Release | CIEEM

The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) has been busy over the past two months promoting their Brexit key messages to MPs and Peers. To date they have met with over a dozen parliamentarians from across the party-political spectrum, and have more dates in the diary.

CIEEM’s key messages on Brexit are that they believe government should:

  • Establish a new, independent scrutiny body – OfEnv – to provide appropriate enforcement of environmental legislation after we leave the EU.
  • Transform land and marine management policies by using ‘biodiversity net gain’ as the driver to halt biodiversity loss and rebuild our stocks of natural capital.
  • Introduce a new Environment Act, envisioned jointly by all countries of the UK, to provide the legislative framework for a new, bold, shared ambition for the environment.

Since agreeing our key messages, the policy environment has changed somewhat and Environment Secretary Michael Gove has now agreed to consult on a new scrutiny body for the environment and has seemingly indicated that he agrees that a new Environment Act is required. This is great news and the environmental sector must keep pushing to ensure that Michael Gove's "Green Brexit" is delivered. The basis of many of our discussions with parliamentarians has been how we can use the opportunities presented by Brexit to help to deliver the best outcomes for the environment.

Another obvious topic of interest in discussions with parliamentarians has been amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill. CIEEM have been promoting greater scrutiny of processes and the inclusion of the environmental principles. They are disappointed that the environmental principles amendments were defeated in the Commons – we will have to see what happens in the Lords in January.

In conjunction with CIEEM's work in Westminster they have also been engaging in the devolved nations – meeting with representatives from the Scottish, Welsh and both Irish governments/agencies – to discuss their views on Brexit and the environment and to represent CIEEM's many members in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The potential cross-border implications of Brexit on the island of Ireland are of particular concern to CIEEM. They will be stepping up their devolved and Irish engagement next year.

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