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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European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018

In force/
Current
Legislation
England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, UK, Wales
Published
07 Jul 2018

Commentary

03/07/2018 Commencement Regulations ( SI 2018/808) published.
04/03/2019 Commencement (No. 2) Regulations (SI 2019/399) published., 28/03/2019 Amending Regulations (SI 2019/718) published.
11/04/2019 Amending Regulations (SI 2019/859) published.

Compliance Dates

26/06/2018 Received Royal Assent, 26/06/2018 Section
8-11, 13, 14, 16-18, 20-22, 23(1)-(4), 23(6), 24 and 25 and Schedule 2, 4, 6 and 7 enter into force, 26/06/2018 Paragraphs 4, 5, 21(2)(b), 48(b), 51(2)(c), 51(2)(d), 51(4) of Schedule 3, and Sections 12(8) and 12(12) insofar as relate to those paragraphs, paragraph 41(10), 43 and 44 of Schedule 8 and section 23(7) so far as relating to those paragraphs, enter , 26/08/2018 Sections 12(2), 12(4), 12(6), 12(7) and 12(8) and paragraphs 1(b), 2, 3(b), 24(2), 24(3), 25, 43, 57 and 58 of Schedule 3 enter into force for regulation-making purposes under the devolution Acts (Scotland Act 1998, Government of Wales Act 2006, and , 26/12/2018 Draft Bill setting out a set of environmental principles due to be published
04/07/2018 Sections 5(6), 6(7), 12(9)–(11) and (13), 15(2), 19, 23(7) and (8), paragraph 1(2)(b) and (3) of Schedule 1, paragraphs 2 and 4 of Schedule 5, paragraphs 18, 20, 22(d) and (e), 31–34, 36 and 40 of Schedule 8, and Schedule 9 enter into force (see SI 2
12/04/2019 Section 23(8) and Schedule 9 insofar as they relate to the repeal of the European Union Act 2011 (to the extent not already commenced) enter into force (see SI 2018/808and SI 2019/718), unless the withdrawal agreement is adopted in the UK Parliament
01/03/2019 Paragraph 41(3) to (9) of Schedule 8 enters into force (see SI 2019/399)

Characteristics

Subject

General policy

Source

OPSI (Office of Public Sector Information)

Affected Sectors

Cross-sector
ECM

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018

Document Status: In force/Current

Scope: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, UK, Wales

Commentary:

03/07/2018 Commencement Regulations ( SI 2018/808) published.
04/03/2019 Commencement (No. 2) Regulations (SI 2019/399) published., 28/03/2019 Amending Regulations (SI 2019/718) published.
11/04/2019 Amending Regulations (SI 2019/859) published.

Compliance:

26/06/2018 Received Royal Assent, 26/06/2018 Section
8-11, 13, 14, 16-18, 20-22, 23(1)-(4), 23(6), 24 and 25 and Schedule 2, 4, 6 and 7 enter into force, 26/06/2018 Paragraphs 4, 5, 21(2)(b), 48(b), 51(2)(c), 51(2)(d), 51(4) of Schedule 3, and Sections 12(8) and 12(12) insofar as relate to those paragraphs, paragraph 41(10), 43 and 44 of Schedule 8 and section 23(7) so far as relating to those paragraphs, enter , 26/08/2018 Sections 12(2), 12(4), 12(6), 12(7) and 12(8) and paragraphs 1(b), 2, 3(b), 24(2), 24(3), 25, 43, 57 and 58 of Schedule 3 enter into force for regulation-making purposes under the devolution Acts (Scotland Act 1998, Government of Wales Act 2006, and , 26/12/2018 Draft Bill setting out a set of environmental principles due to be published
04/07/2018 Sections 5(6), 6(7), 12(9)–(11) and (13), 15(2), 19, 23(7) and (8), paragraph 1(2)(b) and (3) of Schedule 1, paragraphs 2 and 4 of Schedule 5, paragraphs 18, 20, 22(d) and (e), 31–34, 36 and 40 of Schedule 8, and Schedule 9 enter into force (see SI 2
12/04/2019 Section 23(8) and Schedule 9 insofar as they relate to the repeal of the European Union Act 2011 (to the extent not already commenced) enter into force (see SI 2018/808and SI 2019/718), unless the withdrawal agreement is adopted in the UK Parliament
01/03/2019 Paragraph 41(3) to (9) of Schedule 8 enters into force (see SI 2019/399)

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