Critical Thoughts on the Implications of Brexit for Procedural Environmental Rights in the United Kingdom

Uzuazo Etemire


In 2016, the UK held a referendum in which voters elected to leave the EU. The two-year process is already underway. This move is however raising a lot of concerns about its implication for environmental regulation in the UK post-Brexit. Indeed, these concerns are fuelled by the substantial contribution of the EU to the development of environmental law in the UK since the latter became a member of the Union in 1973. This article is a contribution to this discourse. It primarily attempts to unravel the implications of Brexit for the future of procedural environmental rights in the UK, among other related issues that will receive some exposition. It is hoped that this will be a step towards understanding more clearly and preparing better for the post-Brexit era with respect to securing and progressing, as much as possible, procedural environmental rights in the UK.

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Brexit, European Union, Environmental Procedural Rights, Access to Environmental Information, Participation in Environmental Decision-making, Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, Aarhus Convention

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