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Brexit Nature Coalition

Environment Links UK has recently established the Brexit Nature Coalition comprising representatives from Link organisations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, for the purpose of identifying the implications of Brexit on the environment across all four countries of the UK.

Working closely with the Link Legal Stratgy Group, the Group will undertake policy, advocacy and campaigns work in relation to areas where common ground has been identified and will maintain a close dialogue with coalitions such as Greener-UK so as to mutually inform actions.

Chair: Kate Jennings, RSPB
Head of Policy and Campaigns: Dan Pescod, Link

Updates from the Group

The Environment Links UK Brexit Nature Coalition comprises legal and policy experts from across the four UK Link organisations -Scottish Environment Link, Wales Environment Link, Northern Ireland Environment Link and Wildlife and Countryside Link, collectively known as Environment Links UK. The Group aims to ensure that the UK Government brings all EU environmental legislation into domestic law in each of the UK countries and addresses any shortcomings in environmental, wildlife and animal welfare law.

The Group is developing and coordinating shared policy, advocacy and campaigns work on Brexit issues, with a focus on protecting the natural environment across the UK countries as we move through the Brexit process. In June and July 2018, it coordinated a joint response from all four countries to the Government’s consultation on a post Brexit watchdog.

Current work includes:

• planning coordinated work across the UK to respond to expected Government consultations this summer on “secondary instruments” relating to the environment
• sharing updates on Brexit-related environmental legislation (such as on fisheries and agriculture) being considered in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
• taking a strategic overview of relevant areas of work, with a UK focus, that are not being addressed in other Link groups.

The Group is working with Greener UK and others on these important issues.

For further information, Dan Pescod, Link’s Head of Policy and Campaigns.

Last updated: 6 November 2018