This autumn's Mark Blacksell Public Lecture in Geography will be given by Professor Richard Cowell from the University of Cardiff.
For few policy areas does Brexit trigger more uncertainty than the environment. EU membership helped the UK lose its 1980s ‘dirty man of Europe’ status, pushing forward a body of legislation that has delivered real environmental improvements. Outside the EU, will the UK enter an era of stagnation and decline in environmental quality or, as the government has promised, will we see a ‘Green Brexit’, in which environmental protection matches and surpasses its continental neighbours?
Richard’s assessment of this question examines the politics of environment pre- and post- the EU referendum; the UK government’s efforts to replace the environmental governance functions of the EU, and the cross-cutting challenges of devolution. In practice, any new, post-Brexit environmental governance ‘fix’ for the UK looks likely to be profoundly shaped by the greater priorities of trade and the constitution.
This free lecture is open to all and no booking is required.
The event is supported by the Royal Geographical Society.