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The new trading relationship between the UK and the EU incorporates zero tariffs and zero quotas on goods traded between the Bloc and the UK. This agreement depends on both sides adhering to agreed high standards on climate change and environmental protection. In this report, John Barwise considers what this is likely to mean for UK businesses, going forward.
Late-2020 saw a flurry of green policy announcements, a long-awaited energy white paper and the promise of important low-carbon consultations and decisions early in 2021. Jon Herbert looks at how the jig-saw pieces are shaping a different kind of future.
On May 13, 2020, the High Court gave judgement in the case of The Queen (on the application of the National Farmers Union and T&G Stone Ltd) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Natural England. The claimants had applied for judicial review of the decision not to grant a badger culling licence in Derbyshire.
A global pandemic, a climate in crisis and uncertainties over Brexit dominated the news in 2020, but it hasn’t all been gloom and doom. Greenhouse gas emissions are not rising as fast as expected, environmental protection is being strengthened and Covid vaccines should see life return to normal — or should that be the “new normal” — at some point. John Barwise reviews ups and downs of the last 12 months and what might be in store for businesses this year.
For nearly 50 years UK businesses have had to take account of legislation arising from the UK’s membership of the EU. Paul Clarke examines the background to that legislation, describes to what degree it will apply now the UK has left the Union and discusses what impact future European law will have on those trading with the EU Member States.