What would a Brexit delay mean for the environment?

With a mere two weeks to go before the UK official exit date from the EU, Westminster is engulfed in a political crisis of immense proportions. With no clear sign that parliament will back the Withdrawal Agreement, MPs have examined the possibility of putting off exit day while they work on a solution.

Two possibilities have come to the fore: either a short delay that would see the UK leave the EU before the new European Parliament session begins in June, or a substantially longer period lasting up to two years.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, has made his preference for the second option clear. “I will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it,” he said in a tweet this week.

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