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The Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

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This is a draft item of legislation. This draft has since been made as a UK Statutory Instrument: The Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 No. 582

Insertion of new regulation 2A

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6.  After regulation 2, insert—

Interpretation: the Directives

2A.(1) The Habitats Directive is to be construed for the purposes of these Regulations as if—

(a)any reference to “the European territory of the Member States to which the Treaty applies” included a reference to the United Kingdom;

(b)any reference to “Member State” or “Member States” included a reference to the United Kingdom;

(c)any reference to “of Community interest” included, in relation to the United Kingdom, a reference to “of national interest”;

(d)in Articles 1(d) and (h), references to “the Community” were references to “the European Union or the United Kingdom”; and

(e)in Article 1(l), the reference to “a site of Community importance designated by the Member State” included, in relation to the United Kingdom, a reference to a site of national importance designated under any of the retained transposing regulations.

(2) The Wild Birds Directive is to be construed for the purposes of these Regulations as if—

(a)any reference to “the European territory of the Member States to which the Treaty applies” included a reference to the United Kingdom; and

(b)any reference to “Member State” or “Member States” included a reference to the United Kingdom.

(3) Any reference in these Regulations to “the requirements of the Directives” is to be construed as if the objectives of the Directives included the objectives referred to regulation 8C(2).

(4) The Department may, after consultation with such other bodies or persons as it considers appropriate, issue guidance as to the interpretation of the requirements of the Directives.

(5) Any guidance issued under paragraph (4) shall be published by the Department in such manner as it considers appropriate..

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