Date lodged: 19 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to assess any governance gap in environmental matters that may arise as a result of the UK’s departure from the EU, and when it expects to publish its consultation on this issue.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 26 April 2018
The Scottish Government is actively considering where environmental governance gaps in Scotland may arise should the UK leave the EU. To assist with this, I asked the Roundtable on Environment and Climate Change to advise on any potential environmental governance gaps and to suggest a range of options on how best to address those gaps. The Roundtable have now provided me with their advice which I am giving careful consideration to, alongside considering the next steps. These next steps will include publication of the Roundtable’s advice and taking forward the commitment set out in the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill to consult on proposals on how to ensure that there continues to be effective and appropriate governance relating to the environment following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.