The post-Brexit relationship between the UK and the EU will play a key role in shaping the UK’s future environmental ambitions. The UK’s current environmental and climate policy framework is underpinned by a swathe of EU legislation, robust governance structures, and considerable funding and financing opportunities. Once the UK leaves the EU, these relationships could change significantly.

In this report, we identify four main alternatives for the UK’s future relationship with the EU after Brexit and assess their implications for environmental policy.

Our analysis suggests that the closer the relationship between the UK and the EU, the stronger the safeguards for maintaining EU-derived environmental protections.