EU Referendum archive
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?
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
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.
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.
ClientEarth is part of the new #maynotcontainfish campaign that is encouraging the public to help ensure that Brexit will not lead to dangerous overfishing.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The UK government has announced plans for a new ‘world-leading’ green watchdog. Read the ClientEarth blueprint for an effective watchdog with teeth here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ministers are playing Russian roulette with the future of the UK’s environment
The government’s new position papers leave much to be desired
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.
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.
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.
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.
ClientEarth are calling for a new fisheries law that puts sustainability at the heart of UK fisheries management.
Replacing the Common Agricultural Policy means the UK can spend public money on public goods like natural flood management and wildlife habitat
Maintaining existing standards of environmental protection through the Great Repeal Bill will be an immensely difficult task.