Natural England: No change in environmental assessment, permitting or enforcement after Brexit

People working in the environment sector will be able to continue to do so after Brexit without disruption because green rules, regimes and protections will remain unchanged whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal, Natural England has said.

In a  letter sent yesterday to environmental professionals and stakeholders, interim chief executive Marian Spain stresses that after Brexit day the “whole body of existing EU environmental law continues to have effect in UK law… maintaining existing levels of environmental protection” and points out that the environment secretary has “committed to no diminution of protection for the environment”. 

Spain said the government will maintain standards, “continue to uphold international obligations” after Brexit and ensure that “all European protected sites and species will retain the same level of protection”. 

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