Scotland: challenges and opportunities for post-Brexit environmental governance

Reid, C., Burns, C., Carter, N., Cowell, R., Eckersley, P. ORCID: 0000-0001-9048-8529, Farstad, F., Gravey, V., Jordan, A. and Moore, B., 2018. Scotland: challenges and opportunities for post-Brexit environmental governance. London: UK in a Changing Europe.

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Abstract

Brexit represents a major change to environmental governance in Scotland and the United Kingdom (UK), raising both opportunities and challenges. It has prompted a constitutional dispute between the Scottish and UK governments, which may jeopardise future environmental governance. The current constitutional impasse has created even more uncertainty, making Brexit preparations highly challenging for government and civil society actors. Scottish stakeholders are worried that English interests will predominate in the design of environmental governance after Brexit and are also concerned about the prospect of greater instability and weaker environmental protections. Crucially, the key planks of the UK government’s ‘Green Brexit’ strategy—the 25 Year Environment Plan and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) environmental governance and principles consultation—do not cover governance in the devolved nations. This gap in coverage raises the prospect of policy divergence and inconsistent implementation and enforcement across the UK. Most importantly, there is a strong fear in Scotland that Scottish environmental policy ambition will be thwarted by Brexit and deregulatory pressure from England.

Item Type: Research report for external body
Description: Policy brief produced for the Economic and Social Research Council's UK in a Changing Europe programme.
Creators: Reid, C., Burns, C., Carter, N., Cowell, R., Eckersley, P., Farstad, F., Gravey, V., Jordan, A. and Moore, B.
Publisher: UK in a Changing Europe
Place of Publication: London
Date: October 2018
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 14 Nov 2018 15:53
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2018 16:14
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34974

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