What will Brexit mean for Wildlife Legislation?

What will Brexit mean for Wildlife Legislation?

The implications of Brexit on wildlife legislation are unclear and will be for some time. All that we really know is that the process of withdrawal from the EU is likely to start before March 2017. The outcome will depend on the final position negotiated with the EU and any obligations to implement EU legislation under a ‘new deal’. Even if the Government is not required to implement aspects of EU legislation (e.g. the Habitats Directive) under a ‘new deal’, it may still choose to integrate such law into our national legislation.

So what is the situation now? At the moment, wildlife legislation remains the same as it did before the Brexit vote. Importantly, there is currently no change to the status of European-designated Sites, such as Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation, or to the legal protection of European-protected Species, such as bats and great crested newts. The message is that you should continue to operate in accordance with current legislation. We await further details from the Government’s Brexit team and will provide updates when such information is available.

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