About the Bill
The Scottish Government introduced the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill (referred to as ‘the Bill’) on 18 June 2020.
The Scottish Government explains that the purpose of the Bill is to:
- a. enable the Scottish Ministers to make provision in secondary legislation to allow Scots law to be able to ‘keep pace’ with EU law in devolved areas, where appropriate;
- b. ensure that there continue to be guiding principles on the environment in Scotland;
- c. establish an environmental governance body, Environmental Standards Scotland;
d. continue the role and functions of the European institutions in ensuring the complete and effective implementation of environmental law.
The Committee is the lead Committee and in order to inform its scrutiny is seeking written views all aspects of the Bill. The closing date for responses is Friday 7 August 2020. Read the call for evidence.
The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee is a secondary committee and will focus on the environmental policy aspects of the Bill.