Constitutional uncertainty and political disputes put Green Brexit at risk, research shows

phys.org | 10/10/2018 | Staff
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A Green Brexit could be under threat without greater cooperation between devolved nations and the UK government, a study led by the University of Sheffield has found.

The Brexit and Environment network spent a year researching the implications of Brexit for environmental policy, working closely with stakeholders in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Suite - Reports - Today - October - Set

In a suite of reports published today (10 October 2018), they identify a set of key challenges that threaten the delivery of a Green Brexit.

Key findings include:

Brexit - Preparations - Ambitions - Scottish - Welsh

Brexit preparations threaten the common environmental ambitions that currently unite the Scottish, Welsh and UK governments, heightening the risk that the environment will be downgraded on the policy agenda.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) wants to co-design policy, but the experience of the devolved nations is that they are given little notice of announcements and have limited opportunities to shape policy.

Concern - Trade - Deals - Ability - Governments

There is concern that future trade deals will limit the ability of devolved governments to devise their own policies, for example on the use of Genetically Modified Organisms.

Stakeholders are worried that the new environmental watchdog will be an English body with insufficient...
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