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UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021

Section 21 - Power to modify functions.

105.Section 21 enables the Scottish Ministers, by regulations, to modify the functions of Environmental Standards Scotland in response to requirements set out in agreements on the future relationship between the UK and EU. This will ensure that Scotland is able to achieve and demonstrate compliance with the terms of such agreements without the need for further primary legislation.

106.Subsection (1) sets out the circumstances under which this regulation-making power has effect, that is for the purpose of implementing international obligations arising out of a future agreement or arrangement between the UK and the EU.

107.Subsections (2) to (5) set out further conditions for this regulation-making power, including that the Scottish Ministers are required to consult with Environmental Standards Scotland and any other persons they consider appropriate. Any regulations made under this section are subject to the affirmative procedure.

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