How Brexit could lead to a rise in ‘waste tourism’

Brexit is opening up the doors to the prospect of divergence in environmental standards across the UK, finds Conor McGlone, setting the scene set for an increase in ‘waste tourism’

With just two weeks until Brexit day, fears are emerging that a divergence in national standards following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU could lead to a scenario where businesses shift waste across national borders to save money.

In carrying out the EU Withdrawal Act, DEFRA had hoped that it would be able to transfer legislative functions to the secretary of state to exercise on behalf of the UK.

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