What does Brexit mean for the EIA regime?

It is now certain the UK will formally leave the EU at 11pm on Friday, whether or not Big Ben bongs for Brexit. That, of course, is a massive deal for the country on levels not worth enumerating. But it is of particular concern for environmental practitioners given the fact that most regulations seeking to protect the environment are based on EU directives.

At the end of the transition period, currently due as a matter of law to be 31 December this year, the UK will be free to diverge from EU law and the regulations flowing from it. Alignment or otherwise, of course, is a matter for the trade deal negotiations due to begin in early March, but the current mood music is that the UK will seek its own path, with chancellor Sajid Javid telling the Financial Times it would not be bound by EU rules. 

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