Scores of MPs have backed an initiative calling on the Government to maintain its environmental ambitions post-Brexit.
Greener UK, a group of 13 organisations including the Green Alliance, has launched a Pledge for the Environment which has currently attracted 155 MPs’ signatures.
The pledge states that, in the wake of the EU referendum, the UK Government and administrations in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh have to build a healthy and prosperous future for all.
It says this means a thriving natural world on land and at sea, clean air and water, communities connected to nature and a sustainable economy.
It goes on: “For the wellbeing of my constituents, for people at home and abroad, and for future generations who will depend on a flourishing and secure planet, I will do everything in my power to:
- establish the UK as a world leader on the environment by committing to match or exceed current environmental, wildlife and habitat protections;
- ensure the UK leads on climate change by publishing robust low carbon investment plans and ratifying the Paris Agreement this year;
- create a countryside richer in nature by supporting farmers and landowners to deliver environmental benefits alongside a thriving farming sector.”
Green Alliance acting director Leah Davis said in a blog that prime minister Theresa May (pictured) would include a commitment to maintaining the UK’s environmental protections in her newly promised Brexit plan.
The blog reads: “An estimated 80% of the UK’s environmental legislation was developed with Europe, so the UK’s vote to leave the EU inevitably places a question mark over nearly all of our environmental protections.
“From policies that ensure our air and water are clean and protect our special wildlife, to those that keep us safe from exposure to toxic chemicals at work, a place will be needed for these protections in the UK’s future policy framework outside the EU.”
The Chartered Institution for Wastes Management announced its support for the initiative on social media.