Brexit and the environment

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

Given the large volume of European Union environmental legislation and the positive influence
this has had on the UK’s environment, we welcome the steps being taken to transfer the body of
European legislation into UK law. It is important, however, that this is undertaken in a robust and
transparent manner. We are concerned that the following issues are not adequately addressed by
the current Bill and call on ministers to provide assurance that the UK’s citizens and environment will
be appropriately protected as we exit the EU.

As the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill passes through Parliament, a number of environmental professional bodies have collectively put together a briefing setting out their key positions and concerns.



Download the EU Withdrawal Bill Briefing 

The briefing has been produced by CIWEM, the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES), the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), the chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), the Society for the Environment and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).


Follow the passage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill here.

The Department for Exiting the European Union has also produced a range of factsheets to accompany the Bill including one on environmental protections


UK Government Position papers

In advance of the EU negotiations the UK unveiled a range of policy papers on a range of topics, including:

Future customs arrangements
Northern Ireland and Ireland
Continuity in the availability of goods for the EU and the UK
Confidentiality and access to documents
Providing a cross-border civil judicial cooperation framework
Enforcement and dispute resolution
The exchange and protection of personal data


Brexit and the environment briefing

In June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union in a referendum by 51.9% to 48.1%.

In this uncertain time of transition, CIWEM is working to make sure the needs of all of our members and the water and environmental industry as a whole are met. We are regularly meeting with officials in government and working with organisations in Europe to ensure the best outcomes for the environment.

Membership of the EU has driven much of Britain’s environmental policy development over recent decades. Given the profound instability of British politics as a result of the referendum, implications for the environment are likely to remain particularly unclear for months, if not years.

We will be regularly updating the following briefing to keep Members up to date with the latest developments and implications for the environment:




Download the Briefing: Leaving the European Union, Implications for the environment