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NRW and EU exit

EU Exit

The European Union has agreed to extend the date that the UK may leave the EU to 31 October 2019.

Wales has measures in place to protect the environment, and these measures are supported by EU laws and standards. The Welsh Government has been clear in its commitment to maintain or enhance Wales’ environmental commitments.

NRW works to champion the Welsh environment in several ways and if the UK were to leave the EU, NRW’s current duties and powers will remain unchanged.

EU Exit: what happens to permits and licences

NRW will continue to help regulated operators and individuals understand and comply with environmental regulations and realise the many economic and social benefits of good environmental practice in areas such as waste, air quality, water, and the protection of habitats and species.

Both the Welsh and UK Government have stated that the legal requirements relating to environmental protection would be unaffected should the UK leave the European Union with or without a deal.

NRW will continue to issue and regulate all permits and licences as it does currently, continuing to protect the communities and natural resources of Wales.

If you have any questions about your permits or licences, please contact our Customer Care Centre on 0300 065 3000.

EU Exit: Biodiversity and Nature Conservation

Natura sites represent the very best of Wales’ nature and include internationally important or threatened habitats and species.

Natura sites are made up of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and form a unique network of protected areas stretching across Europe. If the UK leaves the European Union, Wales’s Natura sites will have the same protections they had when the UK was a member state of the European Union.

EU Exit: How is NRW preparing?

Once the nature and timing of EU exit becomes clearer, regulatory updates and guidance from NRW will be added to this site, so please check back regularly for updates.

Where can I get more information?

The UK Government has published advice on how to prepare if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Read further information on the Preparing Wales website.

The UK Government has published advice on how to prepare if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Areas covered include:

  • Waste shipments
  • Chemicals
  • Industrial emission standards
  • Nuclear regulation
  • Climate change


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