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EU environmental rule book could be torn up post-Brexit

There is nothing written anywhere that will require the UK government to reinstate any EU regulations whatsoever.

Up to one third of EU rules may require technical changes before they are written into British law after the UK has departed from the European Union in two years time.

Speaking at this week’s Lux Lighting Fixture Design Conference, Nigel Harvey, chief executive of Recolight, commented that it is not yet known if the UK will adopt new EU circular economy legislation that is currently being developed in Brussels.

There is nothing written anywhere that will require the UK government to reinstate any EU regulations whatsoever, although they have signaled that they intend to maintain some EU laws in their current form, transposing them into British statute. 

The circular economy is an industrial economy that promotes greater resource productivity. The aim is to reduce waste and avoid pollution by design or intention.

If the UK did adopt the legislation before Brexit, then it would almost certainly mean that there would be new lighting recycling standards created in the UK, Harvey stated during his talk at the conference in London.

The wholesale tossing of EU regulations onto the pyre that could be prompted by Brexit, has prompted some to dream about the return of the incandescent light bulb, which are currently banned under EU law.

UKIP MEP Julia Reed wrote the following on Twitter last week, prompting something of an argument among the lighting community that use the social networking site.