Interview: EU-UK law expert Begonia Filgueira on what Brexit means for the environment

While the UK is now set to leave the EU this month, much of the hard work on shaping its future relationship with the bloc is just beginning. Begonia Filgueira talks to ENDS about the implications for environmental law.

British prime minister Boris Johnson won a resounding victory in December on the back of a pledge to ‘get Brexit done’. But when it comes to environmental regulations, the hard work has only just begun. That’s the view of Begonia Filgueira, a lawyer qualified in Spain and the UK and co-chair of the UK Environmental Law Association’s Brexit task force.

“We know what the deal is and the UK is going to stay equivalent in terms of regulations over the transition period. But the real risk is what happens after,” Filgueira tells ENDS. “The greatest uncertainty will be the availability of markets and that comes with equivalence of standards and equivalence of laws.”

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