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Brexit Blog: Phase 2 - General Election

27th April 2017

David Ryding

Following on from our first Brexit blog discussing Article 50, the Paris Agreement and the Circular Economy package (Read here), our next insight into Brexit shifts to look at immediate decision of a General Election.

The Prime Minister, Theresa May has shocked the whole country and the EU with her announcement of an emergency General Election, taking place on 8 June 2017. This action by May has placed even greater uncertainty over the future relationship between the UK and the EU and the policy measures and legislation which will apply following Brexit. MP's approved a motion in parliament on 19 April calling an election some three years ahead of when the next ballot was set to be called. The Prime Minister had previously ruled out an early General Election, however, upon changing her mind, Theresa May informed the country that the decision of a General Election had been taken to shore up support within Parliament over the UK's negotiations to leave the European Union, which could work in the UK's favour when negotiating terms for a UK exit from the EU.

What lies ahead for our policies?

The truth is, no-one has a definitive answer until we have seen which government will take power and what measurements will be taken to bring a calmer and hopefully a more sustainable Britain post Brexit. The current government has previously confirmed that existing laws from the EU legislation will be safe guarded before Brexit, with the UK  working in the future to create our own UK driven environmental policies. The Tory commitment to the Great Repeal Bill offers some short term security for our environmental policies. As reported on our first Brexit blog, the Repeal Bill is a piece of legislation which will transpose all EU law into UK law in March 2019. 50 pages long, the paperwork will include all existing EU Environmental legislation including regulations on Packaging, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and landfill.

It's sure that no matter which party is elected on the 8 June, leaving the EU will be a difficult task for whoever is in charge. Keep checking in to find all the latest updates on these historical events!