Environment could ‘die in silence’ without post-Brexit supervision

Lawyers are calling for an independent supervisory body and new national mechanisms to hold government and public authorities to account for their environmental law responsibilities after Brexit

Environmental law could be vulnerable and 'unowned'. Photograph: David Martin Hughes/123RF

Environmental enforcement and accountability gaps created by Brexit could lead to the environment “dying in silence”, a group of lawyers has warned.

A report by the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA), published on 18 July, warns that if the gap left by the European Commission and its citizen’s complaint procedure is not replaced by national mechanisms, the environment may be left “unowned” and vulnerable.

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