With Brexit discussions set to resume as MPs return to Parliament after an 11-day Easter break, edie’s new podcast mini-series explores the impact of Brexit on key areas of the UK’s green economy. Up next: Natural capital.
With the exception of the recent Easter break, Parliament’s repeated failures to agree on a Withdrawal Agreement ahead of the original deadline and, latterly, the 12 April extended deadline, have drawn much media attention and spurred a great deal of confusion and debate among the general public.
And now that the UK is set to leave the EU on 31 October, after Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to a flexible extension with the bloc last week, we are still no clearer as to how, when, and even if, Brexit will take shape.
In light of this confusing, uncertain and somewhat tumultuous political process, the edie editorial team is hosting a series of mini-podcasts, each explaining in 15 minutes or less what Brexit will mean for the UK’s low-carbon economy.
Entitled ‘The Big Brexit Questions’ and hosted by edie’s content editor, Matt Mace and reporter, Sarah George, this podcast series hears from the experts at the forefront of the green economy’s push to help Ministers deliver a Brexit which either preserves or betters the nation’s existing environmental legislation.
Running as a six-part series, the podcast examines the impacts that the UK’s various exit scenarios will have on green legislation and on sustainable business across six key areas – resource efficiency, natural capital, green finance, clean energy, transport and the built environment.
In this second episode, Sarah is joined by green campaign group Friends of the Earth’s senior policy advisor and nature campaigner Paul De Zylva, who talks us through what impacts the various exit scenarios could have on the UK’s natural capital – from forest conservation, to sustainable farming.
You can catch up on the first episode, which sees Sarah discuss Brexit’s impacts on resource efficiency and waste management with the Environmental Services Association’s (ESA) policy and parliamentary affairs officer Libby Forrest, by clicking here.
The edie Brexit Matrix
edie readers keen to explore, in more detail, the impacts that the UK’s various exit scenarios would have on environmental policy, now have access to a FREE downloadable “Matrix” outlining this information clearly.
Produced by the edie editorial team with support from green policy experts, the Matrix maps out the potential ramifications of Brexit for the green economy, whatever the outcome.
You can download the Matrix by clicking here.