Environmental lawyers call for ongoing membership of EU bodies post-Brexit

The government should pursue membership of up to 18 EU institutions after Brexit to ensure continuity of UK environmental regulation, says UKELA

EU flag. Photograph: Iaroslav Danylchenko/123RF
Continued membership of EU institutions vital but difficult, says UKELA. Photograph: Iaroslav Danylchenko/123RF

Environmental lawyers are calling on the government to ensure that the UK continues to remain a member of EU environmental bodies post-Brexit.

The UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA), which represents 1400 environmental law professionals, published a report on 29 January that considers the opportunity to retain membership of up to 18 organisations. But it admits that there may be political barriers, such as the need to make ongoing financial contributions, legal issues and the contentious issue of accepting the limited jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU.

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