UK BREXIT Bill values environmental laws
The Great Repeal Bill was published lat the end of March by the UK’s government as an important part of the BREXIT process. The Bill plans to convert all EU law into UK law before the withdrawal actually occurs. This converted law will include all EU regulations, EU treaties, and the CJEU case law. Additionally, the Bill will repeal the ECA.
As evident in the Great Repeal Bill, there is a strong focus on environmental protection as the UK leaves the EU. The enactment of the Bill followed the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which also includes the continuation of existing EU green laws. “The Government is committed to ensuring that we become the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it,” the Bill reads. With the Great Repeal Bill, the UK Government will be sure to include in their legislation all EU environmental laws that are currently in place. EU environmental laws have included cleaner rivers, and reductions in emissions of sulphur dioxide and substances that lead to ozone-depletion.
While the UK Government is planning to include most EU legislation, it is also aware that some changes need to be made. The Bill reads, “The Government recognises the need to consult on future changes to the regulatory frameworks, including through parliamentary scrutiny.”
Negotiations in Brussels under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty will only begin after the General Election is over on 8th June 2017.