EU exit

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

Updated 24 December 2020

UK Government has announced that a trade deal has been agreed for the UK’s exit from the EU. We are reviewing the deal to understand how changes and new duties will impact our work and the work of our stakeholders. All environmental legislation is unchanged and all environmental authorisations remain in force in UK law.

Welsh Government has said there will be no change to the level of environmental protection, nor to environmental standards in Wales. UK government has also committed to maintaining environmental standards.

Wales' Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation (Natura 2000 sites) will have the same protections they had when the UK was part of the EU.

We'll continue to update this page as we know more. 

Permits and permissions

All permits, licences, consents, registrations, authorisations and exemptions issued by NRW continue to apply and remain unchanged by the UK’s EU exit.

Our duties and powers will remain the same when the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. We will continue to:

  • issue and regulate permits and licences as we currently do
  • support regulated operators and individuals to understand and comply with regulations

If you have questions about permits, licences or site management contact our Customer Hub.

More information

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

GOV.UK - Transition