ENDS Report Brexit Update
August 10, 2020
 
The latest news, analysis and comment on what the decision to leave the EU means for environmental law, policy and management - exclusive for ENDS Report subscribers so that you can plan ahead
 
Will the new green watchdog be established in time?
Will the new green watchdog be established in time?

22 Jul 2020

The Environment Bill underpinning the new Office for Environmental Protection is on ice, but there are less than six months to go before the watchdog will be needed. Can DEFRA set it up in time and will it be fit for purpose? James Fair reports

 
 

Analysis

 
Brave newt world: What does Boris Johnson have planned for species protections?
Brave newt world: What does Boris Johnson have planned for species protections?

16 Jul 2020

The prime minister is set to overhaul planning rules this month, singling out species licensing as a drag on the system, but government remains tight-lipped on what changes to environmental protections may arrive in the new year. Adam Branson reports

 
 
Has Eustice fired the starting gun on a ‘deregulatory race to the bottom’?
Has Eustice fired the starting gun on a ‘deregulatory race to the bottom’?

22 Jul 2020

The environment secretary has set out plans to overhaul the EIA regime and ditch elements of EU green law, following Boris Johnson’s announcement that he intends to ‘scythe through red tape’ and build the country out of its economic slump, a move which has elicited fears for the future of green protections. Rachel Salvidge reports

 
 

Latest Brexit news

 
DEFRA seeks initial funding for green watchdog

DEFRA has requested a repayable cash advance to make initial appointments to the Office for Environmental Protection, the post-Brexit watchdog that will oversee public authorities’ compliance with green rules

 
Consultation on post-Brexit BAT due this autumn

DEFRA will open a consultation in a few months about how best available techniques to address pollution from industry will be handled after the end of the Brexit transition period

 
Eustice: EIA to be simplified, aspects of EU law to be ditched

Aspects of EU environmental law are likely to be dropped and a paper setting out how the environmental impact assessment regime is to be overhauled is imminent, according to plans set out by environment secretary George Eustice in a speech this morning

 
Whitehall seeks control of UK’s internal market

The government has insisted that high environmental standards will be preserved by a new plan to control the UK’s post-Brexit internal market, dismissed as an 'assault on devolution' by the Scottish National Party

 
Eustice admits Brexit crash-out would pose challenge for downstream chemicals companies

Environment secretary George Eustice has confirmed that small companies importing chemicals from the EU would face challenges if London and Brussels fail to agree on data sharing provisions as part of a free trade deal

 
 

Most-read

 
Eustice’s ‘deregulatory race to the bottom’: 15 things you need to know
Eustice’s ‘deregulatory race to the bottom’: 15 things you need to know

21 Jul 2020

The environment secretary set out plans to overhaul the EIA regime, beef up Natural England’s net gain role, fund natural capitals assessments and ditch some EU green laws in a major speech about the future of environmental policy yesterday. Green groups fear a ‘race to the bottom’. Here’s what you need to know

 
 
Consultant fined for ‘incompetent’ noise and chemicals advice

15 Jul 2020

A self-employed consultant has been fined after admitting he provided unlawfully poor advice on workplace noise, hand arm vibration and the control of substances hazardous to health

 
 
Arup to make up to 350 redundancies in the UK

20 Jul 2020

Arup, Atkins, Keltbray and other civil engineering and consultancy businesses are planning to make swathes of employees redundant as a result of the coronavirus pandemic

 
 
Government delays: 6 major outstanding plans, policies and reports
Government delays: 6 major outstanding plans, policies and reports

15 Jul 2020

A number of long-promised government policies, plans and reports are yet to see the light of day, frustrating industry and environmentalists alike. Here’s what you need to know

 
 
EXCLUSIVE: Crucial river water quality report delayed again
EXCLUSIVE: Crucial river water quality report delayed again

17 Jul 2020

DEFRA has delayed the release of a major report on the health of the UK’s rivers and lakes a second time, ENDS can reveal

 
 
EA delays implementation of controversial sludge strategy by two years
EA delays implementation of controversial sludge strategy by two years

16 Jul 2020

The Environment Agency has delayed the implementation of its sewage sludge strategy by two years because of 'workload pressures and disruptions caused by Covid-19'

 
 

Coronavirus: What you need to know

 
Covid-19 guidance tracker: live table
Covid-19 guidance tracker: live table

02 Jul 2020

Updated daily: Use our sortable and regularly updated table of business-critical environment-related Covid-19 operational updates, regulatory position statements and guidance documents to navigate the coronavirus crisis

 
 
London lockdown: Are pollution levels rebounding in the capital as Covid controls are eased?
London lockdown: Are pollution levels rebounding in the capital as Covid controls are eased?

24 Jul 2020

Click through to view the latest data on how the Covid-19 crackdown has affected nitrogen dioxide levels at London's most polluted sites, and how the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures is impacting air quality

 
 
UPDATED: 21 green rules that have been relaxed in response to Covid-19
UPDATED: 21 green rules that have been relaxed in response to Covid-19

04 May 2020

UK environmental regulators have in recent days issued a clutch of temporary regulatory position statements in response to the coronavirus crisis, granting businesses additional flexibility in order to keep key sectors of the economy moving. Here's what you need to know

 
 
 

 
Trainee / Senior Environmental Quality Officer (Land) Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, King's Lynn, Norfolk
Ecological Consultant Logika Consultants Ltd, London based - Would consider Bristol/ Warrington
Appointment of 3 Senior Board posts Environmental Standards Scotland, Scotland Central Belt
Environmental Consultant Contaminated Land Via East Midlands Ltd, West Bridgford, Nottingham
Senior Landscape Architect Environment Agency, Exeter, Devon
 
 
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