Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment in the UK after leaving the European Union

Bond, Alan, Fundingsland, Monica and Tromans, Stephen (2016) Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment in the UK after leaving the European Union. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 34 (3). pp. 271-274. ISSN 1461-5517

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Abstract

The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union and, until the terms of the ‘Brexit’ are negotiated, this has led to considerable uncertainty over the future practice of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in the UK. Here we show that multiple obligations exist outside the scope of the EU which mean that EIA and SEA will continue to be required in the long-term, but that their future compliance with the Directives remains unclear. We consider three scenarios for Brexit and present the implications of each; these are: signing up to the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement; membership of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), but not EEA, or negotiate a separate agreement. The implications of no longer being subjected to the obligations of the Directives under some scenarios are discussed and include opening the door for increasing diversity of application across the regions of the UK, and the probability of raised screening thresholds so as to reduce the burden of assessment on developers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: brexit,eia,sea,immigration,eea,efta
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2016 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2020 23:42
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/59768
DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2016.1211455

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