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Think tank recommends UK devolved nations align environment policies with EU

The UK’s devolved regions should follow the EU’s lead when developing environmental policies after Brexit, is the advice of a recent think tank report. The Think Tank report, UK in a Changing Europe could affect the devolution agreements whereby the Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland play a key role in developing their own distinctive environment and agricultural policies. They currently play an important role in transposing EU legislation directly in these policy fields. Loss of competency to Westminster in the event of repatriation from Brussels would lead to a significant backlash. The report calls on the devolved UK nations to ensure alignment of their policies with the EU policies rather than the UK’s, as they negotiate new legislation in the years after Brexit. The report goes on to suggest that future participation in EU environmental policy could be channelled through the open method of coordination, an alternative system of EU intergovernmental policy-making that does not necessarily require parties to change their laws.

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