EU exit

Information and guidance on what the UK's exit from the European Union (Brexit) may mean for you

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. We're now in a transition period until the 31 December 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate a trade deal. During this transition period the UK will continue to follow EU rules.

We continue to issue and regulate all permits and licences in line with our current practice.

Welsh Government has said there will be no change to the level of environmental protection, nor to environmental standards in Wales whether the UK and the EU reach a deal or not. UK government has also committed to maintaining environmental standards.

Wales' Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation (Natura sites) will have the same protections they had when the UK was part of the EU.

Many details about what leaving the EU will mean for the environment and people of Wales are not yet known. There may be changes because of trade negotiations or new laws. This page gives the latest facts and will give guidance on how any change may affect you. We'll update it as we know more, so please keep checking back. 

More information

You can check other websites for updates:

GOV.WALES - Preparing Wales: environment, agriculture and food

GOV.UK - Transition