The withdrawal from the European Union is due to officially occur at the end of January. We are often asked how this will affect the requirement for impacts to protected species from proposed developments to be identified and mitigated. Domestic legislation e.g. the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) will remain in force unless it is specifically revoked or amended.
European Directives protecting European protected species have been transposed into UK law through secondary legislation. An example of this is the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017. Following the exit from the EU it is likely that this secondary legislation along with a vast body of other such secondary legislation will be adopted in the short term. Any changes to secondary legislation, if required, would likely occur at a later period.
So, no immediate change is unlikely, however watch this space for further updates.
For more information see section 4 of the Freeths article available here.