Brexit: The Implications for Environmental Regulation

Brexit will have implications for all businesses subject to environmental regulation. Because of the breadth of environmental regulation, this article provides an overview, and then appraises by subject matter.

As the boundaries of the EU have expanded over time, so too have the boundaries of EU environmental law. In all, this has culminated in over 800 pieces of EU environmental legislation. Much of this is deeply embedded in UK statute, in some cases supplementing existing UK regimes (for example, integrated environmental permitting) and, in others, almost directly transposed by way of referential drafting (for example, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme).

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