12 March 2019
Implications for business activities falling within environmental regulation if the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal deal
Human health and the environment is currently protected by a large body of existing EU environmental law, domestic legislation and international agreements covering areas including air quality, waste and resources, water, wildlife and habitats, chemicals and pesticides.
The EU Withdrawal Act 2018 will ensure all existing EU environmental law continues to operate in UK law, providing businesses and stakeholders with certainty as the UK leaves the EU.
The UK government and devolved administrations will amend current legislation to correct references to EU legislation, transfer powers from EU institutions to domestic institutions and ensure we meet international agreement obligations.
Environmental guidance for a no deal Brexit
Depending on your business activities, there are preparations which your business should make for Brexit. The government has published a series of technical guide on areas of environmental regulation detailing potential legal, regulatory and administrative changes if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.
- Importing and exporting waste if there’s no Brexit deal
- Shipping radioactive waste and spent fuel after a no-deal Brexit
- Classifying, labelling and packaging chemicals if there's no Brexit deal
- Manufacturing and marketing fertilisers if there’s no Brexit deal
- Importing and exporting plants and plant products if there’s no deal
- Trading timber: imports and exports if there’s no Brexit deal
- Running an oil or gas business if there’s no Brexit deal
- Vehicle type approval if there’s no Brexit deal
- Regulating chemicals (REACH) if there’s no Brexit deal
- Regulating pesticides if there’s no Brexit deal
For more detailed guidance on EU Exit and the possible impact it may have on environmental regulation and standards, see the Brexit update page on the DAERA website.