News: DEFRA statement regarding impact of Brexit on the EU Ecolabel Scheme in the UK
The UK Government is still a member of the European Union and will continue to engage with EU business as normal and be engaged in EU decision-making in the usual way.
Wednesday, 20th July 2016
The UK Government is still a member of the European Union and will continue to engage with EU business as normal and be engaged in EU decision-making in the usual way. The decision by the British public to leave the EU does not mean there will be immediate changes. Until the UK formally leaves the EU, it still has a legal obligation to comply with EU law and the EU Ecolabel scheme rules and regulations will apply. Once Article 50 is invoked, the UK will remain bound by EU law until the withdrawal agreement comes into force. The period between invocation of Article 50 and our eventual exit from the EU is two years unless the other Member States agree to extend. Until the UK’s exit from the EU, UK Ecolabel Delivery (UKED), the delivery body for the UK Government’s management of the EU Ecolabel scheme, remains operational. As such, the scheme is open to applications and UKED will continue to contribute to the development of the scheme at EU level. The future status of the UK scheme will be addressed as part of discussions on the UK’s exit from the EU.’
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