Brexit, environmental law and the Canadian model

Canada and the EU have struck a deal that tries to enshrine environmental protection within the terms of trade. Any future UK-EU relationship should aim to be at least as ambitious

Richard Macrory, professor of environmental law, University College LondonOne of the models that could emerge from Brexit negotiations is a trade agreement along the lines of the recently negotiated Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU.

The deal, which still awaits final approval from the European Council and member states, aims to eliminate most import duties and allows access to some, though not all, services and investment markets. Clearly details will differ in the light of the particular economic and political needs of the UK and other member states, but the provisions on the environment will be of particular interest to environmental lawyers.

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