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Brexit: Environmental standards if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

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.

You can read more about the govermment's commitment to upholding environmental standards if there's no Brexit deal.

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.

More information
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.