Brexit and FLEGT

On 23 June 2016, British people voted in a referendum to express whether they wanted the UK to remain in the European Union (EU) or not. The result was 52% in favour of leaving; 48% in favour of remaining.

While the referendum was not legally binding, the UK Prime Minister David Cameron said the government would respect the result and proceed to withdraw from the EU. The informal term ‘Brexit’ describes such a ‘British exit’ from the EU.

This page gathers news, opinion and analysis about what Brexit means for the timber trade and international efforts to address illegal logging, particularly through FLEGT, the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) between the EU and timber exporting countries outside the EU.

Until the withdrawal process is complete, the UK will remain an EU member and will continue to be bound by EU law.

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