Brexit: the never-ending story

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Abstract

Many aspects of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union remain to be put fully into effect or even finally determined.
• International agreements, including the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement limit how far the UK has a free hand in deciding its way ahead.
• New arrangements for environmental governance have been made in the different parts of the UK, covering the role of environmental principles and
new environmental ‘watchdogs’.
• The devolved nature of many environmental responsibilities can lead to regulatory divergence across the UK, with the means of dealing with this
themselves creating tensions.
• The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill raises significant concerns over the uncertainty created, the challenge posed by its tight timescale,
and the wide powers conferred on ministers.

Keywords

  • Brexit
  • Environmental law
  • Environmental governance

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