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.
- ITTO: Analysis of Brexit implications for timber trade and FLEGT (13 July 2016)
- Fern: Brexit, forests and the future of European decision making (7 July 2016)
- Forest Trends: What does Brexit mean for illegal logging and the global timber trade? (30 June 2016)
- UK Timber Trade Federation: Reaction to referendum result - market volatility and continued support for EUTR (30 June 2016)
- Global Timber Forum: UK-EU status for the global timber trade (30 June 2016)
- Fern: What does Brexit mean for forests? (27 June 2016)
- Georg Winkel and Jakob Derks. The nature of Brexit. How the UK exiting the European Union could affect European forest and (forest related) environmental policy (15 June 2016)