What does Brexit mean for Environmental Legislation in the UK – Guardian Podcast



One of the things that you get out of our membership of the EU is an enormous amount of regulatory stability. It takes a very long time to create environmental legislation, but then it is very difficult for governments, in a whimsical way, to change it. Now from a business point of view that means that you have certainty in the investment that you are going to make. We will lose that, because we are not going to have a series of action programs which give you long-run guidance to what there may be legislation on, so that business is able to prepare and get ready for it, and join in in a successful way. More than that, business really needs to pay attention to the fact that we are going to have to replace a whole lot of agencies that currently share the costs of regulation the environment. We are going to have to pay for those equivalent agencies to be built in England. That means that businesses are going to be asked to pay for the additional costs, that means far from businesses getting a reduced burden from Brexit, it is actually going to get and increased burden as it is expected to pay for the extra staff in all of those agencies, otherwise you have zombie legislation.

About tomburke

Tom Burke is the Chairman of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism, and an Environmental Policy Adviser (part time) to Rio Tinto plc. He is a Visiting Professor at both Imperial and University Colleges, London. He is a member of the External Review Committee of Shell and the Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board of Unilever and a Trustee of the Black-E Community Arts Project, Liverpool.
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