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Brexit and Ecology – Update

Since the results of the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU were announced, there has been much speculation on how this will affect our client’s projects and the ecology consultancy industry as a whole.

As I discussed at the time here I am optimistic – my personal opinion is ‘not a lot’, at least not for some time.

It would appear that this is closer to reality now, since Theresa May’s announcement at the Conservative Party conference at the beginning of the month of a proposed Repeal Bill.

The Repeal Bill would end the authority of EU law by converting all its provisions in British law on the day of exit. At the same time, the 1972 European Communities Act would be repealed. The aim of the legislation will be to end the authority of EU law by converting all its provisions in British law on the day of exit from the bloc whilst repealing 1972 European Communities Act at the same time.

We now know that as of the date that we leave the EU (by March 2019) all existing wildlife legislation will be on the UK statute book.  It is likely that there will then be a review of the legislation (as for many other laws), which may result in a change to the protection of species and sites in the UK, but this is likely to be a lengthy process.