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How would Brexit affect permits and licences in Wales?

EU Exit

Whilst the Welsh Government, UK Government and European Union continue to discuss options, Natural resources Wales has been proactively planning for all potential outcomes. This includes how we’ll respond to the potential for a ‘no deal’ exit.

EU Exit and the environment

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

We will continue to help regulated operators and individuals to understand and comply with environmental regulations and to realise the many economic and social benefits of good environmental practice in areas such as waste, air quality, water, and 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 on 29 March 2019 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 and/or site management, please contact our Customer Care Centre on 0300 065 3000.

Regulatory updates from NRW will be published here as appropriate.

Information is available from 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

Note: Not all information is ready yet. There will be regular updates as new information becomes available.

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