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Links to Other External Information and News Relevant to Brexit and the Natural Environment




Brexit: All you need to know

BBC News


Brexit: what now?

Institute for Government


Official Welsh Government Brexit page

Welsh Government


EU Referendum Webpage

UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA)


The EU Referendum and the UK Environment: An Expert Review

Dr Charlotte Burns, University of York

Dr Viviane Gravey, Queen's University Belfast

Prof. Andy Jordan, University of East Anglia


Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies

House of Commons Library

30 May 2018

Voting on Brexit: Parliament's consideration of the withdrawal deal and future framework

Institute for Government

16 Apr 2018

Negotiating Brexit: the views of the EU27

Institute for Government

21 Mar 2018

Frameworks analysis: breakdown of areas of EU law that intersect with devolved competence in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

UK Government

9 Mar 2018

Leaving the EU: Role of the Devolved Administrations and Implications for the Union

House of Lords Library

22 Jan 2018

Trade after Brexit: Options for the UK's relationship with the EU

Institute for Government

18 Dec 2017

Who’s afraid of the ECJ? Charting the UK’s relationship with the European Court

Institute for Government

8 December 2017

The EU Invasive Alien Species Regulation & Brexit

Wildlife and Countryside Link

December 2017

Future of the rural economy in Wales

House of Commons Library 27 Nov 2018

Inquiring about Brexit: How select committees can provide effective scrutiny in 2017-19

Institute for Government 21 Nov 2017

Gove’s post-Brexit environment watchdog

Jill Rutter, Institute for Government 15 Nov 2017

Environment Secretary Michael Gove announces plans to consult on a new, independent body for environmental standards

Defra news announcement 13 Nov 2017
Will the UK’s 25 year environment plan set its sights higher than Europe? Richard Benwell, WWT  11 Oct 2017 
Brexit: time to get serious  Shaun Spiers, Green Alliance 6 Oct 2017 


Wildlife and Countryside Link

September 2017

Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by the UK Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies (Briefing Paper no. 07912)

House of Commons Library

5 Sep 2017

Environmental law will pose immense challenges in run up to Brexit


28 Jun 2017

Leaving in an orderly fashion - our approach to Brexit

The Law Society

17 May 2017

Three unintended consequences of Brexit for UK energy and climate policy

Charlotte Burns, The Conversation

2 May 2017

Repeal Bill: stricter scrutiny needed to make the White Paper green

Richard Benwell, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

31 Mar 2017

Brexit: 'Zombie legislation' risk for UK environment laws

Sam Lowe, Friends of the Earth

29 Mar 2017

Reconciling post-Brexit development and environmental protection goals

Ben Kite CEcol MCIEEM, The Planner

28 Mar 2017

Five very real risks to our environment from Brexit and how to tackle them

Leah Davis, Green Alliance

27 Mar 2017

Europe should remain focused in the face of Brexit and not lose its value for the environment, former Commissioners and leading experts warn

European Environmental Bureau

21 Mar 2017

Richard Ali: Environmental payments. A safety net. And a sovereign fund. How to build a post-Brexit future for farming.

Richard Ali, Conservative Home

18 Mar 2017

Brexit creates an opportunity to support UK food production and restore nature

Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP, former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

13 Mar 2017

As we leave the EU we must plan for nature’s recovery

Ali Plummer, wildlife law campaigner, The Wildlife Trusts

20 Feb 2017

PM outlines plan for Britain out of single market: Clarity on environmental legislation required as May outlines UK’s preferred Brexit route and stresses importance of economic infrastructure and industrial strategy

Environment Analyst

19 Jan 2017

Effect of the UK leaving the EU on the rural economy

House of Commons Library

16 Jan 2017

Green Brexit: Safeguarding Britain's environment

Baroness Jones and Baroness Parminter

16 Jan 2017

Roseanna Cunningham: Brexit puts Scotland's environment at risk

Liam Kirkaldy, Holyrood magazine

13 Jan 2017

Brexit: UK-Irish relations (HL Paper 76) (6th Report of Session 2016–17)

House of Lords European Union Select Committee

12 Dec 2016

Four-nation Brexit: How the UK and devolved governments should work together on leaving the EU

Institute for Government

24 Oct 2016

Watch the debate: People, politics and the planet: any questions? Britain in a changing Europe

Royal Geographical Society, British Ecological Society and Sibthorp Trust

21 July 2016

Northern Ireland and Wales must work together to maximise opportunities presented by Brexit

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

20 Jul 2016

Working together to protect nature


30 Jun 2016

A legal perspective on the UK’s decision to leave the EU (webinar)


28 Jun 2016

British Ecological Society response to the UK’s EU referendum result

Hazel Norman, British Ecological Society

28 Jun 2016

Brexit and Wildlife Legislation

Thomson Ecology

24 Jun 2016

WWF responds to EU referendum result


24 Jun 2016

EU debate video

Landscape Institute

June 2016

In or out – what’s the best for British bats?

Response from Britain Stronger in Europe
1 Jun 2016

Chris Packham President, Dr David Gibbons Chair, Julia Hanmer Joint CEO, Kit Stoner Joint CEO, Bat Conservation Trust (Letters, Guardian)

13 May 2016

Members Recognise UK Environmental and Business Benefits of EU

Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

11 May 2016

Boris is wrong on Brexit – the environment is better off because of the EU

Stanley Johnson, E4E

20 Apr 2016

Experts agree: EU membership is good for Britain’s natural environment

Charlotte Burns, The Conversation

19 Apr 2016

EU membership 'good for UK environment' say MPs

BBC News

19 Apr 2016

EU membership positive for UK environment

Environmental Audit Committee

19 Apr 2016

EU and UK Environmental Policy report

Environmental Audit Committee

19 Apr 2016

EU Referendum and UK environment: expert review

Dr Charlotte Burns, Professor Andrew Jordan, Viviane Gravey et al., The UK in a Changing Europe

 11 Apr 2016

The Benefits of Europe for Energy and Climate Change - And What Could Happen If We Brexit

Pete Clutton-Brock, Jonathan Gaventa, Alastair Harper and Dustin Benton, E3G

5 Apr 2016

Brexit - What will happen to Environmental & Climate Change Law?

Clifford Chance

April 2016

The Environment After Exit

Costing the Earth, BBC Radio 4

16 Mar 2016

Poll: UK environmental professionals overwhelmingly back continued EU membership

James Murray, Business Green

14 Mar 2016

Stronger, Safer, Greener? Should environmentalists support the UK’s membership of the EU?

Ruth Davis, E3G

11 Mar 2016

Ecology professionals’ survey reveals overwhelming majority concerned about Brexit

Holly Waterman, Baker Consultants

11 Mar 2016

UK membership of the EU: what it means for wildlife and what might happen if we leave

Martin Harper's blog (RSPB)

9 Mar 2016

Brexit could worsen the construction sector’s skills shortage

Holly Waterman, Baker Consultants

26 Feb 2016

Environment Minister [Liz Truss] addresses the National Farmers' Union Conference


23 Feb 2016

Position on EU Membership

Friends of the Earth UK

20 Feb 2016

The UK’s membership of the European Union – why it matters for wildlife

Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts

20 Feb 2016

PM's statement following Cabinet meeting on EU settlement (Announcement of 23 June 2016 as date of referendum)


20 Feb 2016

What has the EU done for UK nature?

Sam Lowe, Friends of the Earth

7 Feb 2016

Brexit would return Britain to being 'dirty man of Europe'

Launch of Environmentalists for Europe (E4E), co-chaired by CIEEM Patron Baroness Barbara Young

John Vidal, Guardian

3 Feb 2016

Seven things you should know about the EU and the environment

Matthew Spencer, Green Alliance

28 Jan 2016

Parliamentary question on what contingency arrangements Defra has made for the eventuality of a majority leave vote in the upcoming EU referendum

(Referenced response)

Tim Loughton MP

19 Jan 2016

5 reasons why leaving the EU could be disastrous for the UK's environment

Seb Dance MEP

19 Jan 2016

British exit from EU would be bad for UK renewable energy business

Andrew Baker FCIEEM, Scottish Energy News

14 Jan 2016

UK’s potential exit from the EU threatens economic and regulatory uncertainty

Holly Waterman, Baker Consultants

3 Nov 2015

Assessment of EU/UK environmental policy inquiry

Environmental Audit Committee

19 Oct 2015 (ongoing)

Assessing the Performance of EU Nature Legislation in Protecting Target Bird Species in an Era of Climate Change

Sanderson et al., Conservation Letters

14 Jul 2015

Report on the status of and trends for habitat types and species covered by the Birds and Habitats Directives for the 2007-2012 period

European Commission

20 May 2015

Environment report shows benefits of EU action

European Commission

3 Mar 2015

Manual of European Environmental Policy: Chapter 9 - Biodiversity

Institute for European Environmental Policy

27 Nov 2014

Species, Habitats, Society: An Evaluation of Research Supporting EU's Natura 2000 Network

Popescu et al., PLOS One

21 Nov 2014

Environmental policy and the UK’s review of the EU Balance of Competences

Institute for European Environmental Policy

19 Mar 2014

Does the EU benefit the UK environment?

Institute for European Environmental Policy

12 Aug 2013

IES Magazine - The EU: Red Tape or Green Governance

Institution of Environmental Sciences

Aug 2013

Report on the influence of EU policies on the environment

Institute for European Environmental Policy

Aug 2013

How the EU benefits UK environmental policy

Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

25 Jul 2013

The Efficiency of the European Natura 2000 Network for Four Birds of Prey

Mazaris et al., PLOS One

19 Mar 2013

The Economic benefits of the Natura 2000 Network

European Commission


The economic benefits of environmental policy

Sustainable Europe Research Institute

Nov 2009