Brexit will have a significant impact on the UK's environment and climate change obligations, with the decision to leave the European Union creating significant uncertainty for voters, policy-makers and businesses.
Castle Debates in collaboration with Society for the Environment is holding an extended special Brexit Debate once the dust has started to settle and Parliament is back from summer recess.
Leading experts will consider key questions relating to EU and UK laws and public policy to assess the implications for environmental and climate protection.
The Debate will consider the core elements of existing EU and UK legislation and discuss what the future may hold for the UK outside the EU. Which laws are likely to be retained and how will this impact the UK's long-term environment and climate change commitments?
The European Communities Act 1972 provides for incorporation of EU law into the UK. It recognises directly-effective EU legislation such as EU regulations and enables EU directives and judgments of the European Court of Justice to be implemented into domestic legislation. Many existing UK environmental laws originate from the EU and cover a wide range of environmental issues including air and water quality, energy and energy efficiency, agriculture, marine life, chemicals, waste management and environmental standards for products and vehicles.
If you are interested in the environment this event is a must-attend.
Introduction: Pamela Castle OBE
Chair: Stanley Johnson (former MEP and co-chair of Environmentalists for Europe (E4E))
Paul Leinster (Past CEO of Environment Agency)
Niall Dunne (Head of Sustainability BT)
Teresa Hitchcock (Partner DLA Piper UK LLP)
Baroness Kate Parminter (Liberal Democrat Life Peer)
David Baldock (Executive Director IEEP)
Prof Will Pope (SocEnv Past Chair and current Vice President of the Institution of Environmental Sciences)
Kristof de Smet (President of European Network of Environmental Professionals) (tbc)
Lord David Pannick QC (Blackstone Chambers) (tbc)
9.00 – 9.30am Registration & Coffee
9.30 – 10.45am Presentations
10.45 - 11.15am Coffee and question submissions
11.15 – 12.30pm Q & A with speakers and extended panel