Government urged to ensure clarity in resources sector following triggering of Article 50
Following the prime minister’s triggering of Article 50, Paul Taylor, CEO of FCC Environment, said: “Now that the Government has officially kick-started the process of leaving the European Union, there is an opportunity for the UK to create a set of policies for the waste and resources sector which are clearer in their aims and which better suit our country’s fiscal environment.
“With new research showing us that following EU waste policies post-Brexit could cost British businesses and households an additional £2 billion over the next 20 years, it is vital that the UK Government does not simply settle for the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach which has been previously adopted by EU environmental directives.
“We urgently need clarity as to what post-Brexit policy will look like for the UK waste and resources industry, and would urge the government to continue to foster its relationship with industry so that we can have a sensible discussion about what that should look like,” continued Taylor
Nick Molho, executive director of the Aldersgate Group, stated: “Several key environmental and climate change policies are derived from EU legislation. Brexit will open up opportunities to make improvements in certain areas such as farming but the UK’s withdrawal must not lead to any weakening of our environmental protections or ambition. The UK needs stable and ambitious policies that will help improve the state of its environment for the benefit of its economy and society and attract more private investment in innovation and green infrastructure.
“There are many areas of environmental and energy policy where it will be in the interest of businesses and consumers for the UK to continue working closely with the EU. This will be important in areas such as product standards that will still apply to British businesses selling goods in the Single Market and the future of the Internal Energy Market, which is essential to the cost-effective and secure growth of renewable energy in the UK,” added Molho.
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