Late this month, the UK government granted Scotland a temporary exclusion from the UK Internal Market Act meaning that Scotland’s plans to introduce its Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) is still scheduled to go ahead on 1st March 2024, 7 months after the initial deadline of August 2023. However, the exclusion was not granted for glass drinks containers, despite Scotland’s plans to include glass in-scope of its DRS.
What is the Internal Market Act?
The Internal Market Act serves as a strategic policy initiative in the post-Brexit landscape, the policy aims to promote harmonious trade relations among the four UK nations. Due to the 20p deposit rate laid out in the Scottish DRS legislation, if an exemption from the act were not to be granted, the legal implication of this decision could have rendered the Scottish scheme inviable.