European elections: Will the UK be a lame duck in EU environmental policymaking?

After months of uncertainty, cabinet minister David Lidington confirmed this week that the UK will take part in the European Parliament elections on 23 May.

With EU exit day now delayed until the end of October, the UK government is holding out the hope that British MEPs may never have to take their seats in the European Parliament – if their counterparts in Westminster can approve the EU withdrawal agreement.

But if, as many political observers expect, things do not go to plan, the UK could find itself requesting another extension and continuing to take part in EU decision-making, both in the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, which represents national governments.

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