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Where will the UK's borders lie? UK Plant biosecurity legislation after Brexit

Where will the UK's borders lie? UK Plant biosecurity legislation after Brexit

Black, Robert (2017) Where will the UK's borders lie? UK Plant biosecurity legislation after Brexit. In: Fera innovation in Plant Biosecurity 2017, 15-16 March 2017, Fera, National Agri-Food innovation campus, Sand Hutton, York. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The British Government has announced that the entire body of EU law will be adopted into UK Law through the ‘Great Repeal Bill’ at the moment of withdrawal from the European Union (EU) with ‘unnecessary legislation’ then gradually repealed. However, many commentators have pointed out the enormity and complexity of this task as well as the political, economic and constitutional hurdles to legislative reform. For plant biosecurity, a crucial issue taken into account when shaping the current EU plant health regime through the Directive 2000/29/EC ('Plant Health Directive') was the need to embrace the single market. Furthermore, the UK was influential in safeguarding plant health in the single market through the adoption of this Directive. The impact of Brexit on protection from invasive species damaging habitats and wildlife (EU Regulation 1143/2014) should also be considered. With the Brexit White Paper published and with the Article 50 Bill passing through Parliament, the following questions should be asked:
• Will Directives as well as EU Regulations be included in Great Repeal Bill?
• If so, will Directive 2000/29/EC be regarded as 'unnecessary' given UK’s likely departure from the single market and what might replace it?
• Will existing rulings of the ECJ be taken into account in implementation of laws originating from the EU?
• Will risks of introduction of harmful organisms and invasive species increase or lessen if the UK’s borders retract to her national boundaries?
• What will happen with plant passporting?
It will also be necessary to take into account the impact of Brexit on legislation on plant protection products/pesticides because plant health is a component of the EU Farm-to-Fork food safety strategy. Consequently, another question to be addressed is:
• Will the UK continue to implement the farm-to-fork strategy after Brexit strategy or will it be abandoned in favour of a narrower sectoral approach?

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Plenary)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biosecurity, Brexit, Plant health, EU, Directive 2000/29/EC, IPPC
Subjects: S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 14:39
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17339

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