EU Referendum archive

  • Protecting the UK environment: Brexit and beyond – five minutes with our lawyer, Hatti Owens

    Since the EU referendum in 2016, ClientEarth’s UK environment team has been working to secure progressive and ambitious environmental protection for the UK in spite of Brexit. Hatti Owens tells us about her work to reduce the impact of Brexit on our environment.

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    The environmental impact of Brexit

    On Friday 31st January the UK will begin the process of cutting ties with the European Union, its laws and its institutions. But what does Brexit mean for the UK’s environment?

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    Why the UK environment bill matters

    Today, the Government released its long-awaited Environment Bill to tackle the UK’s biggest environmental challenges. Without it, we risk weaker protections for our environment

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    ClientEarth statement on the Brexit withdrawal agreement

    The Brexit withdrawal agreement includes wording supportive of establishing a green watchdog. However there are serious gaps in the declaration, and no legal safeguards governing this cooperation. 

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    Brexit documents highlight the holes for environment in no-deal scenario

    Legal experts from environmental law charity ClientEarth warn that documents released yesterday detailing the government’s contingencies for a no-deal Brexit scenario reveal departments worryingly underprepared to maintain promised environmental protections.

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    Have your say: help protect the UK’s marine life

    ClientEarth is part of the new #maynotcontainfish campaign that is encouraging the public to help ensure that Brexit will not lead to dangerous overfishing.

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    UK government white paper fails to protect British fisheries and marine environment

    The government has promised sustainable fisheries and better monitoring of fishing activity and enforcement of laws after Brexit, but no concrete plans for how these goals will be delivered.

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    What are environmental principles?

    The EU environmental principles offer protection to our natural world. They act as guidance for judges and decision-makers, giving laws shape and meaning. But what will happen to the environmental principles after Brexit? 

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    EU Withdrawal Bill risks weakening UK environmental protections

    The House of Commons has passed a government amendment about environmental principles and a new green watchdog in the EU Withdrawal Bill, which could weaken protection for the environment in this country.

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    A new nature and environment commission for the UK

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth outline the legal powers the new green watchdog will need to uphold environmental law and build on EU enforcement mechanisms after Brexit.

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    Lords vote backs meaningful green watchdog

    An amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill that demands environmental standards are maintained and enforced after Brexit has just passed in the House of Lords.

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    A green watchdog with teeth

    The UK government has announced plans for a new ‘world-leading’ green watchdog. Read the ClientEarth blueprint for an effective watchdog with teeth here.

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    British public overwhelmingly support greater fisheries protections after Brexit

    More than three out of four people across the UK support a new law to ensure fish stocks are protected from overfishing after Britain leaves the EU, according to a new study.

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    UK must outlaw future trade deals with secret courts, which will risk ‘Green Brexit’

    ClientEarth CEO, James Thornton, has today called for the UK to make controversial trade deals that allow companies to sideline domestic courts and sue governments over environmental laws, illegal.

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    New Trump-like powers pose threat to parliamentary sovereignty

    A new legal opinion by leading QCs has revealed that ministers are trying to give themselves substantial powers that would allow them to change laws at will in the EU Withdrawal Bill.

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    A new environment watchdog for the UK?

    A new body might replace the European Commission in enforcing environmental law in the UK according to remarks made to MPs by Michael Gove this week.

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    Report: Ministers are misleading the public over Brexit bill, jeopardising UK environment

    Ministers are playing Russian roulette with the future of the UK’s environment

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    Who will enforce environmental laws after Brexit?

    The government’s new position papers leave much to be desired

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    The Repeal Bill – UK ministers marking their own homework

    The UK government introduced the Repeal Bill to parliament yesterday, but the Bill fails to guarantee the same levels of environmental protection once we leave the EU.

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    England’s 25 year plan for the environment lacks the policies needed to realise the government’s vision

    The UK Government’s draft environment plan sets out an ambitious goal, but lacks the details needed to demonstrate how they will achieve their aims.

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    The UK’s not-so-great Repeal Bill plan for Brexit

    The Brexit Secretary David Davis has failed to set out robust and unambiguous plans which will safeguard the UK’s environmental protections after the UK leaves the EU.

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    Article 50: The environment must not be neglected

    Today Theresa May triggered Article 50, formally notifying the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. ClientEarth has issued a warning about the serious risks ahead if the environment is neglected.

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    Fisheries laws must continue to tackle overfishing after Brexit

    ClientEarth are calling for a new fisheries law that puts sustainability at the heart of UK fisheries management.

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    Public money for public goods

    Replacing the Common Agricultural Policy means the UK can spend public money on public goods like natural flood management and wildlife habitat