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The process of leaving the European Union, of which we have been a member for over 40 years, is perhaps the single most significant policy issue of our time. As representatives of environmental profession, the Society is committed to examining the effects leaving the EU may have on the sector and the environment in general. Find out more about our Brexit-related work using the links below.
As the UK prepares to leave the EU and the associated environmental protections provided, the Society has been following developments to ensure that the environmental sector is kept both informed and involved. Click the link to read more about the environmental implications of withdrawal, as well as work produced by the Society.
The EU (Withdrawal) Act directly lifts and transfers EU legislation into the UK, including all references to EU component legal bodies and processes. Although these references can readily be edited, the UK currently does not have any bodies that can replace those currently present in the EU system and replicate their accountability mechanisms.
The Society, both individually and as part of the Environmental Policy Forum, have responded to a government consultation on the issue, and these can be seen by clicking the link.
As an island state, fishing and the fishing industry have long been prime concerns in the UK and, accordingly, this area has long been a significant part of our relationship with our European neighbours. One of the Society’s Licensed Bodies, the Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM), is well-placed to advise in this area and, in June 2017, the IFM produced a position statement on fisheries post-Brexit. Please click on the link to read this statement, as well as the ministerial response.
The UK as part of the EU has helped to produce the most sophisticated regulation system in the world: REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and restriction of Chemicals), yet as exit day looms we are set to leave the framework. The Society along with partners in the Environmental Policy Forum collaborated to produce a briefing on the impact of leaving REACH on the environmental sector. For more information, and to read the briefing, click this link
Collected below are a variety of documents that may be useful in discovering more about the impact of Brexit on the environmental sector: