General Election 2017
General Election 2017:
Its Effects on the Waste Sector Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the UK will have a general election on the 8th June. MPs are expected to approve this motion today in favour of calling the election 3 years prior than its expected 2020 ballot. With the decision looming, short term uncertainty has been cast over a number of policies. On the subject of the snap election Mrs May has said “At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division. The country is coming together, but Westminster is not.” The prime minister has accused rival political parties of threatening to vote against any deal the government might put forward with the EU with the hope of jeopardising the preparation for Brexit at home. The prime minister went on to say "If we do not hold a general election now their political game-playing will continue and the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most difficult stage in the run-up to the next scheduled election.” The current government has already confirmed that existing environmental and climate change laws and policies derived from EU legislation will be protected prior to Brexit but has hinted that they will seek to develop their own. This could mean delays in policy measures including work by the DCLG on rules covering charging at Household Waste Recycling Centres. What could the general election mean for the waste management and recycling industry? And what effects will it have? Will a conservative majority help get the bill through and therefore secure EU environmental policies or will Labour offer the country an effective alternative to a government who has ‘failed to rebuild an economy’?