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”.
In particular, Spain singled out the environmental assessment regime, which informs planning decisions through strategic environmental assessments, environmental impact assessments and habitats regulations assessments, saying it will continue to apply as normal.
The environmental permitting and licensing schemes will also remain unchanged, she wrote.
Similarly, the legal framework for enforcing regulations through regulatory bodies and courts will be “unaffected by leaving the EU and continues to apply”, according to Spain.