The European Parliament’s Environment Committee yesterday met with Guy Verhofstadt and Elmar Brok of the European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group for an exchange of views on the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on the environment.
The session provided MEPs on the committee with an important opportunity to discuss the European Parliament’s position ahead of the next stage of negotiations between the UK and EU27.
During the session Verhofstadt and Brok confirmed that the Parliament has drawn a red line that during any transition period the U.K. will have to continue to be fully aligned to all EU regulations – essentially regulation without representation.
Seb Dance, Labour Member of the European Parliament for London, said;
“Any deal reached between the EU27 and the UK must include a commitment to ongoing close co-operation in terms of reporting, monitoring and enforcing environmental protections, and any future trade agreement must be based on the principle of full alignment on environmental legislation.
“Major challenges such as climate change and air pollution do not respect national boundaries, so working together to secure the future of the planet must be central to the next stage of negotiations.
“I am calling on the Brexit Steering Group to rule out a deal which allows the UK any downward regulatory divergence on this issue, even beyond the transition period. Whatever happens with Brexit, the UK absolutely must continue to meet its environmental obligations.”