Blog post. Brexit and water law: Implications for the UK and Scotland

Sarah Hendry (Blog post author)

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The recent heatwaves, and accompanying drought, have flagged up the importance of water policy – and water law – as we seek to manage scarcity in the face of climate change. Currently, water laws in UK jurisdictions implement a set of EU directives applying to water quality, water resource management and service standards (drinking water and waste water). Focussing mainly on the UK and Scotland, I consider Brexit’s potential impact on UK water policy currently covered by the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), and the directives on drinking water quality and urban waste water treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Media of outputWebsite
PublisherBrexit & Environment
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2018


  • drinking water directive
  • urban waste water treatment directive
  • water framework directive


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