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FSC upbeat over Brexit ‘no-deal’ timber plans

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has reacted positively to the news that the government intends to implement national legislation on the buying and selling timber, should the UK fail to reach a deal with Europe on Brexit.

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The FSC has called for ‘mutual recognition’ of UK and EU timber laws after Brexit

The government is currently locked in talks with European leaders in an effort to strike a deal for the UK to leave Europe ahead of the March deadline next year.

However, with the likelihood of a ‘no-deal’ scenario becoming incredibly possible after Prime Minister Theresa May last week saw her Chequers plan rejected, there are concerns as to how this will impact the timber trade.

This week, the government published advice on the situation, as when the UK does leave the European Union, the national timber trade market will no longer be governed by EU law.

The government intends to implement both UK timber and UK Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) regulations, which will have the same requirements as EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and EU FLEGT regulations.

It is encouraging that the UK Government intends to implement national legislation that will have the same requirements as the EUTR in a ‘no-deal’ scenario

This would require those in the market to exercise due diligence to demonstrate that they are importing legally harvested timber

Tallulah Chapman, communications manager for the FSC, has praised the move, telling Print Monthly: “It is encouraging that the UK Government intends to implement national legislation that will have the same requirements as the EUTR in a ‘no-deal’ scenario.

“We would hope that any broadening of scope of the EUTR would be reflected in the UK legislation.

“The likelihood that there will be no mutual recognition of the respective monitoring organisations in the UK and EU could be problematic for UK businesses although it is difficult to assess the impact at this stage.”

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