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Environment: Treaties

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of which exclusive and mixed international environmental agreements in which the EU currently participates the Government plans to seek to be party to or otherwise maintain the provisions of after the UK leaves the EU; and which of those agreements (a) the Government will have to renegotiate and (b) will remain in force as the UK is a signatory in its own right.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The UK is a Party to 35 Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in its own right. These are mixed agreements and we are bound by the obligations they contain; this will not change on exit from the EU.

We are committed to continuing to play an active role internationally and will continue to be bound by the obligations under these MEAs after leaving the EU.

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