Brexit and the Environment: EU and UK Environmental Policies after 23 June

23 May 2016 12:00
23 May 2016 14:00

Discussions on the UK referendum have mostly been focusing on a handful of issues (sovereignty, freedom of movement and red tape). Yet after 40 years of active UK membership of the EU, most, if not all, sectors of policy and of the economy will be affected by the outcome of the vote. The environment and climate change are sectors in which UK and EU practices have become very deeply entangled. ‘Brexit’ raises the prospect of considerable change in the future for UK and also EU policies in these areas. What role does environmental policy play in the UK referendum debate and what do possible and plausible post-Referendum scenarios entail for UK and EU environmental policy?

This Policy Forum will provide an opportunity to debate a new expert review of the academic evidence on these topics (available at and what might change in the UK and at EU level in the event of a British vote to Remain in or Leave the European Union on 23 June.


  • Charlotte Burns, University of York
  • Viviane Gravey, University of East Anglia
  • Mike Childs, Friend of the Earth (EWNI)
  • Tony Long, Global Governance Institute
  • Sebastian Oberthür, Institute for European Studies, VUB (chair)

Registration & Venue

The policy forum starts at 12:00h and will end at approximately 14:00h. A sandwich lunch will be provided between 12:00h and 12:30h. Participation is free of charge and open to all but due to space limitations, registration is mandatory. If you wish to attend please fill in the online form.


Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Rooms Rome 
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels


Sebastian Oberthür (Academic Coordinator)
Institute for European Studies

Anamaria Bacsin (Logistics)
IES Events
+32 2 614 80 40
Institute for European Studies