The Committee’s work programme in relation to the UK’s exit from the EU focuses on—
• Environmental risks arising with exit, especially in the case of a ‘no deal’ exit;
• New powers falling within devolved competence which arise from the UK’s exit from the EU and common frameworks; and
• Environmental principles and governance.
The Committee has taken evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform a number of times on a range of issues relating to EU exit, most recently on 4 December 2018 and 30 April 2019.
On 27 Septeber 2019, the Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary asking for further information about the Scottish Government’s preparations in her portfolio area for the UK’s exit from the EU, especially in relation to a ‘no deal’ exit. Read the letter:
Environmental risks arising from exiting the EU
In addition to the Cabinet Secretary’s evidence on 4 December 2018 and 30 April 2019, the Committee also took evidence from industry professionals and stakeholders in relation to chemicals and waste policy on 23 April 2019.
The Committee has invited the Cabinet Secretary to update members on the Scottish Government’s preparations ahead of the planned exit date of 31 October.
New powers and common frameworks
The Committee set out its views on the Scottish Parliament’s scrutiny of new powers falling within devolved competence which arise from the UK’s exit from the EU in its letter to the Finance and Constitution Committee on 15 May 2019. Read the Committee’s views on the Scottish Parliament’s scrutiny of new powers:
For further information about the Committee’s consideration of statutory instruments laid in the UK Parliament under powers set out in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019, click here.
For further information about the Committee’s consideration of the proposed common frameworks in its remit, click here.
Environmental principles and governance
The Scottish Government’s consultation on environmental principles and governance in Scotland concluded on 11 May 2019.
The Committee has agreed to consider this matter further in autumn 2019.
Committee adviser on EU exit
The Committee has agreed to appoint an adviser to support its consideration of issues within its remit and relating to EU exit. The adviser will be appointed in autumn 2019.