Environmental Accountability of Government after Brexit
7 November 2017
The fourth in a series of UCL European Institute working papers aimed at critically analysing the political and legal landscape after the EU referendum. Authored by Maria Lee, this paper analyses the impact of Brexit on the UK environment.
Maria Lee is Professor of Law and co-director of the UCL Centre for Law and Environment and an expert on environmental policy and governance at the EU and UK level.
With environmental standards and accountability profoundly shaped by EU legislation and policy, it shows that even the very softest of Brexits will expose gaps in the UK's governance framework. An independent, expert and adequately resourced body will be needed after Brexit to replace the EU's role in scrutinising the government's performance and holding it to account on environmental matters.