Brexit & the Environmental blunder | Hudson McKenzie

Brexit & the Environmental blunder

The negative impact of Brexit upon the UK is an extensive list, however to what extent will it also impact the world on a more global scale, for instance the environment?

It’s not all about Trade, Visa’s and Settling, the impact of Brexit upon the EU and UK will also have damaging consequences on a global scale, for instance in relation to the environment. This is because, post-Brexit, the UK will no longer be susceptible to a majority of EU Environmental laws, which currently keep compliance to the protection of the environment in check.

This means that post-Brexit, the UK will have less power to protect the environment, due to the UK no longer being susceptible to EU Environmental law. This may become problematic as according to recent reports, the EU is the ‘source’ of up to 80% of the UK’s environmental laws, in which if the UK is no longer susceptible to, shall take a large chunk out of the regulation of the protective measures that are currently in place. This is especially in relation to the preservation of the environment and simultaneously mankind, on a global scale.

However, the devolution of Environmental law and regulation won’t just impact the environment but may also develop into vast legal consequences for the UK overall. This is because, given the recent facts and statistics surrounding ongoing climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution as examples, that has now developed to an alarming state, the UK may face legal challenges in times to come due to its failure to regulate environmental protection efficiently.

For instance, as companies on a global scale are beginning to increase their corporate social responsibility to protect the environment, this may see changes in foreseeable times to come regarding the adding of ‘Eco-Friendly-Tax’ to trade barriers which will impact all those countries, such as the UK, who do not comply with the environmental regulatory standards that are still applicable to countries like the EU. Therefore, the environment will also be a cause for concern for the UK economy, not just the protection of trees and wildlife.

Furthermore, as environmental protective measures increase, the ideology of a ‘Pollution’ fine may be imposed severely upon the UK, if it fails to reduce its emissions a country. This is due to the increase of attention given towards the destruction of the environment as an ‘Ecocide’ of a nation and how it is an international crime against humanity overall. Therefore, this influences all countries on a global scale to simultaneously work together towards the prevention against the ‘Ecocide’ of the Earth, if not out of good will, but to at least avoid treading on any environmental law regulations which may impact trade.

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Author: Portia Vincent-Kirby

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